Gregory Bull, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2011 file photo, Rev. John Fredericksen of Orlando, Fla., alongside Burdette Streeter, of San Diego, takes a picture in front of the war memorial cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego. Supporters of the war memorial, which is on public land in San Diego, are planning to ask the Supreme Court to reverse a federal court's decision deeming the cross is unconstitutional.

SAN DIEGO — Supporters of a war memorial cross on federal land in San Diego have rallied at the Mount Soledad site as they prepare to ask the Supreme Court to reverse a decision deeming it unconstitutional.

The gathering of 75 supporters Thursday also drew about three-dozen opponents who want the cross taken down.

The supporters told the opponents that the cross is not about religion but about honoring service members, and future generations should have the opportunity to experience the memorial.

Opponents reiterated that courts have determined the cross is unconstitutional.