- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MILFORD, Mich. (AP) - A suburban Detroit community has approved plans for a veterans memorial that earlier raised concerns in part because it included a depiction of a gun.

Milford Village Council voted Monday to approve construction of “The Battlefield Cross” in the Veterans Memorial portion of the community’s Central Park. The statue depicts combat boots with a rifle dug in the ground and a helmet resting on the rifle.

The vote was met by cheers from an overflow crowd.

In recent weeks, concerns also had been raised about the memorial’s planned size and location.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports resident Eric Galbraith, who served with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division, says “there’s been so much sacrifice within the community here” and he was thrilled that village officials decided to approve plans.

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