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Association gives Utah's memorial highway crosses a makeover in hopes of avoiding removal
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) ' Utah's controversial memorial highway crosses have been given a makeover.
The Utah Highway Patrol logo has been stripped from the monuments ' a move patrol association spokesman Frank Mylar said Thursday is intended to prevent the court-ordered removal of the 14 memorials from state roads.
The 12-foot-high white crosses are designed to honor Utah troopers who have died in the line of duty.
American Atheists Inc. sued Utah over the crosses in 2005, saying the memorials suggest a state endorsement of Christianity.
Last year, an appeals court agreed and ordered removal. The state appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but justices declined to hear the case.
Mylar says the changes to the crosses were made over the past week.