A federal judge has ordered the removal of the Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla, saying the display "violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution."

The cross was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America and several local residents -- all represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. says we should honor all of our heroes under one flag, not just one particular religious symbol."

The current cross was erected in La Jolla, California, in 1954 and was dedicated at an Easter Sunday ceremony describing the monument as "a gleaming white symbol of Christianity."

The federal government, through an act of Congress, took control of the land underneath the cross in 2006. The government declared the cross a national war memorial.