ALTO PASS — People have been taking part in Easter sunrise services on the Bald Knob Mountain, which rises up over the Shawnee National Forest at 1,034 feet above sea level, since 1937. On Easter of 1959 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the construction of the cross that was completed in 1963 and is 111 feet tall.

Easter is not the only time people visit the prominent symbol described by a brochure at the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Welcome Center as a "standing testimony to God's love." Visitors from all over the United States and around the world come to see the cross that was built through contributions and maintained by volunteers as an international symbol of faith in God and promote faith, hope, charity and peace. 

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Richard Sitler is a photographer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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