It was way back in 1930 when the good people of Neosho, Missouri installed a giant, lighted cross in the Big Spring Park.
The cross, about 60-feet long, was the centerpiece of the town’s annual Easter sunrise services. And while the sunrise services ended many years ago, the cross remained.
For the past 87 years, not a single person in the community complained about the emblem – until last May.
That’s when the town received a letter from an out-of-town group of atheists, agnostics and freethinkers. They demanded the cross be removed from public property.