Cross raises worries over New Jersey's town's 9/11 memorial

A woman takes an etching of a name engraved on the wall of the National September 11th Memorial in New York, during the 11th Anniversary observance of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/David Karp, Pool)

July 26, 2013 6:24:47 AM PDT
Princeton officials are consulting lawyers as they wrestle with a 9/11 memorial featuring a World Trade Center beam that includes a hole cut in the shape of a cross.

Officials are worried the cross could lead to lawsuits over the separation of church and state


Deputy Fire Chief Roy James has pursued the memorial plan for three years, and he secured the 10-foot-long, 2-ton steel beam last year. James tells The Times of Trenton the cross is a symbol of remembrance and has nothing to do with religion.

Councilwoman Heather Howard says the town must do due diligence to determine if the government is promoting one religion over another.

James says he doesn't want the cross hidden.

Princeton's Historic Preservation Commission will review the plans.