Ten Marist High School students and two teachers represented the school’s pro-life club at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on January 24.
March for Life is a peaceful demonstration that has taken place annually since 1973, and is the largest pro-life event in the world. Marist students have been participating in the march for more than thirteen years.
The march is an opportunity for young people to stand up for something they value. "I had never been on a march for something I believed strongly about, so I wanted to take the opportunity when it was given to me," explained junior Brianna Bjorklund. "To see many other young adults gathered together for the same cause was very heartwarming to me and I now know I'm not alone."
Senior Ken Polit felt a strong need to stand up for the unborn. "I've honestly really struggled the last few years with how society portrays the concept of abortion as a whole," he said. Polit believes in the value of protest to create change and is hopeful that pro-life efforts can push back against the current culture. "I believe that the March for Life group is a strong force that could overturn Roe v. Wade," he said.
During the weekend the Marist students attended mass. They also visited places that echoed the theme of the sanctity of life, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They visited The National Archives, Ford's Theater, several monuments, and the White House.
Science teacher Chris Lesher moderates the school’s pro-life club and runs the trip. “I enjoy bringing Marist students to the March for Life because I want them to see that they are a part of a much larger community that supports protecting life from the moment of conception to natural death,” he explained. “I also want them to see that many who are active in and passionate about this movement are their age.”
Check out a time-lapse video of the event.