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Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Island Cross - Pensacola Beach, FL

The Island Cross - Pensacola Beach, FL

Today we're venturing way outside of Tennessee for a story.

This cross marks the site of the first religious service in the Pensacola area, which was a mass celebrated on Aug. 15, 1559 here at Santa Rosa Island. It was the Feast of the Assumption by the Dominican Friars who accompanied Tristan De Luna.

The Cross was placed atop the dune at the Quadricentennial Celebration in 1959. The cross is ten feet tall, made of concrete and dedicated by the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Since then, the cross has become a local landmark and is notable for surviving multiple hurricanes where many other nearby buildings haven't. (For instance, a corresponding marker at the base of the dune was blown away by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and rededicated in 2006.)

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