To mark the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, Valle Catholic students and staff participated in a local March for Life in Ste. Genevieve. This was to coincide with the Washington DC March for Life attended by Valle seniors and juniors. The Valle silent march was held on Friday afternoon, January 19th.
After an opening prayer in the gym led by Pastor Father Edward Nemeth, the March began on the Valle Desert and proceeded around the square. The march concluded with a candlelight prayer service at the Church of Ste. Genevieve.
The prayer service, What Might Have Been, began with the story of creation and consisted of prayers for all those touched by abortion.
Attached are also some photos from those from Valle who made the 18 hour bus trip to participate in the Washington DC March for Life. This trip, made each year by juniors, seniors and parents is a wonderful opportunity to participate in what St. Pope John Paul wrote in The Gospel of Life: “It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop.”
This year’s pilgrimage was organized by Mrs. Jan Weiler, Mrs. Patty Shuh, and Mrs. Pam Basler.
Aside from standing up for the unborn, the group had an opportunity to visit the sites in and around our capital city. The group also took part in a candlelight rosary at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
A special moment occurred as students were invited to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Before leaving the DC area, a visit was made to the Pentagon Memorial, a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 people who died as victims in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11 attacks.
To honor the 184 victims, 184 illuminated benches have been arranged according to the victim’s age. Each bench is engraved with the name of a victim. The benches representing the victims that were inside the Pentagon are arranged so those reading the names will face the Pentagon’s south facade, where the plane hit; benches dedicated to victims aboard the plane are arranged so that those reading the engraved name will be facing skyward along the path the plane traveled. A shallow lighted pool of flowing water is positioned under each memorial bench.
The mission of the March for Life held each year in Washington DC, is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. The March unites and strategizes around a common message, and communicates a message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life-affirming.