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Monument honoring veterans scrutinized for the word 'God'

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Dave Smith) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Dave Smith)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Dave Smith) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Dave Smith)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, IN (FOX19) -

A memorial honoring veterans in Oldenburg, Indiana is a source for debate after a resident in the small town complained about the monument having the word “God” and a cross displayed.

The monument sits on government property in the Franklin County community. Steve Kristoff believes the religious references in the memorial should be removed from government property.

"There are Muslim soldiers, Hindu soldiers, Buddhist soldiers. And there are Atheist soldiers,” Kristoff said during the town hall meeting on Tuesday. “What does that monument say to them?"

Kristoff was met with criticism and backlash throughout the town nicknamed the ‘Village of Spires’ because of its churches and religious educational institutions.  

“I'm trying to grasp why you're upset about this,” an Oldenburg resident asked Kristoff. “You're upsetting an entire community.”

The final ruling in the meeting was for the monument to stay as is with “God” written and the cross displayed. 

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