"We've said all along that these troopers should be honored, but let's just do it in way that doesn't violate the Constitution," Barnard said. "If they want to put up a flag, an obelisk, a badge or some other symbol that is not religious in nature, they can do it and can leave them on public land. That would be fine, and it would comport with the 10th Circuit's ruling and with the First Amendment."
Shurtleff disagreed, calling the proposal for alternate memorials on the current cross sites "silly."
"When someone sees that white cross, they know what it means ... it means someone died there," he said. "If you put up an obelisk, people will stare at it and wonder what it's doing there."
Associated Press reporter Mark Sherman contributed from Washington, D.C.
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