FRANKENMUTH (WWJ) – It has stood as a symbol of the city of Frankenmuth’s support for its founding fathers, now a Washington-based group wants a 55 foot cross removed from a city park.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State have sent a letter to city officials seeking to have the statue taken down.

Attorney Richard Thompson says it is not a religious symbol.

“Beneath the cross there is a sign that says 1776-1976 and then in larger letters ‘A Grateful Community’, said Thompson. “It symbolizes what the people of Frankenmuth were thinking about during America’s bicentennial.”

The cross has been standing since 1976. Thompson’s firm will send a formal response on behalf of the city by the end of the week.


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