The Cross in Effingham, Illinois. My family and I, on our way to visit relatives this past Easter weekend, were determined to view the 198-foot steel cross up close and personal instead of simply a quick glance while driving along Interstate 70. My two young daughters were mesmerized, and at initial viewing of The Cross, morphed into what seemed to resemble a sugar high.
Walking towards the base of the cross, one may read through the numerous memorial stones lining the path. Of course, my 4 and 5-year-old opted to sprint this length of the cement. Once at the base, beautiful, black granite stones each engraved with a commandment circle the perimeter. A button may be pushed which offers oral explanation of each of the Ten Commandments.
Inside the adjacent Visitor's Center, guests may view an 8-minute video highlighting the enormity of this construction project. In addition, maps of the United States and the world hang side by side allowing visitors to place a pin in his/her home state and/or country.
When we exited the movie theater, we were able to admire a beautiful, bride-to-be in the lobby as weddings are one type of the many events offered at The Cross.