The 5,280 pound monument that has stirred controversy around the country is out of the Alabama Judicial Building and will soon make its way across country. The monument's next public event is scheduled in Tennessee.
A small crowd gathered to watch the carved granite monument make its way to the truck which would take it on the initial part of the journey.
Former Chief Justice Roy Moore kept himself out of the spotlight Monday evening, saying he didn't want to be the center of attention. Moore says he is glad now that people around the country will be able to see the monument for themselves.
The monument is tentatively scheduled to make its way through Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. More stops will be added as the months pass. The final stop is Washington, D.C. in mid-October, where the veteran's group escorting the monument hopes to have the monument put on display in the U.S. Capitol.
American Veterans Standing for God and Country President Jim Cabaniss Monday echoed words used often by former Chief Justice Moore saying, "Something is wrong in our American judicial system when an appointed federal judge has the power to tell a duly elected state supreme court judge that he cannot acknowledge God and fulfill his oath of office."
Cabaniss went on to say rallies with the monument would take place "coast-to-coast." He invited veterans to participate with his organization. "Those veterans who want to join us on this cause may post their comments and offer their assistant and ideas at www.standingforgod.org or calling, in Houston, 281-591-4705."
Earlier in the day, California pastor Wiley Drake stepped up to talk about the 10 Commandments Monument.
Drake had no audience. Not one soul gathered to hear what he had to say. "I don't know where everybody's at, I really don't," says Drake.
Yet this preacher from California says he has no regrets about making the trip, a trip that put him some 2,000 miles away from home. "It's never a wasted trip when you're doing God's work."
The atmosphere in front of the Alabama Judicial Building is a far cry from what it was 11 months ago. Drake gets the feeling either people don't care anymore, or they're tired of it.
But not everybody feels that way. Jerry McCarty and his 12-year-old grandson are visiting from Covington, Louisiana. They plan to watch the monument leave here for the last time. "This is historic. It's special. I want to see it," says the grandson.
Larry Darby of the Atheist Law Center says he'll be glad to see it go for different reasons. "All atheists and all other supporters of the constitutional principal that separates between religion and government are very happy for this day to come. It hasn't come quickly enough."