As students said their goodbyes on Wednesday, the bus soon picked up twenty-five students. From sophomores to seniors, Marian students get ready to depart on their pilgrimage to Washington D.C. The trip kicked off with a mass at St. John Neumann in St. Charles, Illinois with Rockford Diocese’s Bishop Malloy as the celebrant. After mass and dinner, the bus departed for a fifteen-hour ride to D.C.
After arriving the following day, a vigil mass was being celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, with over 20,000 pilgrims from around the world attending. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, along with hundreds of Seminarians, Priests, and Bishops from all around the United States. Following the mass, students had dinner and rested up for the day ahead of them. Falling asleep, students eagerly anticipated the March, to march and stand for their beliefs.
Thousands traveling from all across the world, gathered in Washington D.C. to stand up for Pro-Life. Belief in Pro-Life is opposing abortion and euthanasia, respecting life at all stages. Almost 300,000 people gathered together to stand up and fight against the Roe v. Wade’s final decision from 1973, which states that abortion is legal in all fifty states. “To see so many people peacefully come together all fighting to end abortion was truly amazing,” said Danielle Lattanzio (12). The March began with a rally featuring different speakers such as the Ben Shapiro, conservative political commentator, and Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, along with a message from President of the United States, Donald Trump, who spoke out about the importance of Pro-Life and the legislature that would protect the right to life. “Seeing the President and Vice President speaking out and helping to stop abortion really impacted me because I never knew they were Pro-Life,” Ellice Fernandez (10). Speeches heard by the rally speakers helped inspire all those in attendance to march.
Once the rally ended, peaceful protestors took to the streets of Washington D.C. to voice their beliefs. As thousands marched up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court and Capitol Building, people began filling the streets from near and far, peacefully chanting and holding up Pro-Life signs. “Looking down on Capitol Hill was eye-opening, seeing all those people coming together for one main goal,” Faith Diamond (11). Seeing so many signs and hearing many different chants to stop abortion is something that will never be forgotten.