On Friday, January 19th, Monica participated in the March for Life with her brother Greg and her mom and dad. The foursome drove to Washington DC on Thursday and started Friday with holy mass to pray for the unborn.
Then we jumped on the DC Metro for a quick ride downtown.
We walked briskly to the Washington Mall, following the crowds excitedly bantering. There was anticipation in the air. Although the March remembers a solemn horror of an ongoing genocide of children, disproportionately targeting black children and children suspected of disabilities, still the mood was positive, as the marchers count on God and love to renew our society and respect for life.
At the Mall a big stage was set up. A singer, Plumb, sang songs of encouragement and contemplation. Then the main rally was opened at 12PM with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of The Star-Spangled Banner. VP Pence, President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan all spoke, as well as numerous other religious, sports and political persons.
It is hard to say how many people were there, probably several hundred thousand. The crowd was listening intently.
Finally, just as the clock swept past 1PM, it was time to begin to March! The crowd moved slowly, many people were chatting, many were singing or praying.
There were many languages heard. The crowd was multi-cultural, and of all ages. There were many young people but also elderly with walkers. It was a beautiful panorama of humanity.
When we passed by the Nuseum, the Museum of News on the Mall we saw these words prominently carved into the buildings face:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The March lasted about three hours. Everyone, Monica included, was tired as we came to the Supreme Court. We hope they heard us.
It was wonderful to have that right to ‘peaceably assemble’ and petition our government for a redress of our grievances.
We request, as citizens of these United States, that the words of our Declaration of Independence be honored.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
All men (and women, all persons) are created equal!
Those created persons have inalienable rights! (they cannot be taken away)
Among those (first) is the Right to Life.
The children in the womb have been created, they are human persons, they have from the moment of their conception, an inalienable, sacred right to life, endowed by their Creator. We will continue to present this self-evident truth to our government until this grievance against our present laws is addressed.