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Opponents of a complaint filed by an atheist group that wants to have Bladensburg’s long-standing Peace Cross removed or altered demonstrated on Saturday at Bladensburg Waterfront Park in support of the cross.

The Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 in honor of Prince George’s County World War I veterans.

The American Humanist Association, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates on behalf of humanist and atheist causes, filed a complaint last month with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission saying that the cross, which falls on the commission’s land and sits at the intersection of Md. 450 and U.S. 1, is an unconstitutional use of a religious symbol on public land. Officials with the group say it will take the battle to court if no action is taken.

Opponents of the complaint say the cross is not a religious symbol, but a monument to those who served in WWI.