March for Life Mission
A pilgrimage is never easy, which was displayed when one of the hired Village Tours buses broke down near St. Clairsville, Ohio. The bus driver was able to get the students and sponsors to a mall where they waited for 5 hours for another bus to pick them up so they could continue their journey. In pure TMP-M fashion, our students made the best of a bad situation and enjoyed a Hibachi restaurant where the food is cooked in front of you and flown through the air!
Activities in Washington, D.C, included the Arlington National Cemetery, Mass at Nativity Catholic Church, Union Station Tour, Monument Tour, National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Tour and Mass in Crypt Church of the Basilica. All of these activities were in addition to the purpose of the trip, which was the March for Life on the National Mall. Exact crowd numbers are not available, but organizers planned for 100,000 people to participate. Later, leaders of the march said upwards of 200,000 people attended. Some estimates are as high as 300,000! This year’s speakers included Ben Shapiro, Abby Johnson, Ally Cavazos, Dr. Alveda King, and more. Even Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to the event with his wife, Karen Pence.
Participants advanced up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court and Capitol Buildings. The same path taken since January 22, 1974, when thousands of pro-life individuals participated in the very first March for Life to stand up for the unborn. A great lesson for our students to witness a peaceful protest and exert their freedom of speech.