The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement saying it supports the inclusion of the "World Trade Center Cross" in a permanent memorial to the victims of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11.
The cross is made of cross-shaped steel beams found in the rubble at Ground Zero after the terror attack that took place ten years ago.
The ADL said in a statement that the organization "fully supports the inclusion in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum of the metal beams in the shape of a cross found in the rubble at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the tragic attacks on 9/11."
The league claimed that allowing the cross to be included in the memorial does not constitute government endorsement of a religious message, because the cross's beams have " acquired historical significance by giving comfort to many who lost loved ones in the attacks, as well as those who spent days and weeks sifting through the ash and debris".
The statement added that "the beams have been a part of the scene at Ground Zero ever since 9/11, and their inclusion in the memorial is appropriate".
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