- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - A Ketchikan man says his family erected a giant white cross along a Ward Cove beach as a “thank-you note to God.”

The Ketchikan Daily News (https://bit.ly/1EinSQe) reports the Spokely family with help from church members erected the 40-foot aluminum cross Saturday just above the tideline on family property on the cove’s north shore.

The 1,250-pound cross was produced in four pieces at the family’s new powder-coating plant in the cove.

It was bolted to a concrete pad just above the tide line.

Dave Spokely says the cross was erected without heavy equipment or power tools so more people could participate.

He says the cross is a personal symbol for the family and a reflection of thanks for blessings received as a result of family members’ relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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