- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The City of King, North Carolina, has settled a four-year battle in agreeing to remove a veteran’s memorial that featured a praying soldier and a Christian flag.

After spending $50,000 in legal fees, the city voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a settlement agreement in the lawsuit, Steven Hewett v. the City of King, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. The city agreed not to fly the Christian flag, to end its flag lottery policy, and to remove the statue depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross-shaped marker, the paper said.

“The decision to settle this case has been very difficult for the King city council,” the city said in a press release, The Daily Caller reported. “It was not reached until it became clear that the costs of proceeding to trial would greatly exceed the city’s insurance policy limits.”

The Journal reported that though the room of roughly 60 people observing the vote never got out of hand, many attendees shook their heads in frustration, with one shouting out, “What else are you going to give up next?”

Mayor Pro Tempore Dillard Burnette, who voted in favor of settling, thanked the veterans there, but said, “There’s no win in this situation,” the paper reported.

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