Grass Lake cross is secure and will continue to be an honored landmark of Jackson County

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, responded to constituent concerns after the long-standing cross atop Sackrider Hill was removed.

“After many conversations, the Department of Natural Resources and the Grass Lake Ministerial Association, the organization that owns and installed the cross, have come to an agreement. The monument will be displayed at religious celebrations, but will otherwise be stored safely,” Shirkey said.

The Sackrider Hill cross has been the target of recent criticism, with some activist groups claiming that the cross installation on public land violates the First Amendment separation of government and religion.

“My office has been contacted by concerned citizens worried about the cross,” Shirkey said. “Many people noticed its disappearance and sought answers. We’ve been contacting the parties involved and wanted to pass along this information to the public.”