The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has asked Fort Carson to change its hospital emblem, saying it violates the separation of church and state.
The motto is “Pro deo et humanitate” or “For God and humanity.”
Lt. Col. Steve Wollman says commanders will review the complaint.
Wollman says the cross, which has a pointed base, is both an emblem of mercy and a symbol dating to the Middle Ages, when pilgrims carried a cross with a spiked base to mark the site of a camp.
Wollman says references to doctors serving God and humanity date to the time of Hippocrates, a pre-Christian Greek physician.
- Associated Press