The Mojave Desert War Memorial in California was the subject of a heated legal dispute that wound its way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in April that the memorial's cross did not violate church-state strictures.
May 10: An image of the base of the Mojave Cross after it was torn down and stolen from its perch on Sunrise Rock in California's Mojave Desert War Memorial.
An image of the Mojave Cross covered and boarded up during a period when the caretakers of the memorial were awaiting a decision on appeal from the U.S. Supreme Court.
During the legal dispute, the cross spent years covered by a tarpaulin bag at the behest of lower courts.
May 10: Another view of the base of the Mojave after it was torn down by thieves.
The 7-foot-tall metal cross that has stood in California's Mojave Desert for 75 years as a memorial to World War I dead -- and withstood a hard-fought battle in the Supreme Court -- was ripped down and stolen in a nighttime heist, according to state officials.