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Group participating in national walk

The 39th annual March for Life Walk will be held Monday as a large group marches to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

On Friday a group of about 55 parishoners from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farmington are heading to Washington D. C. for the annual walk. While in the area they will do some sightseeing at Gettysberg, Arlington National Cemetary and the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. They will also lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

According to the Marchforlife.org website, late in Oct 1973, grassroots pro-life leaders became concerned that Jan 22, 1974, might come and go without properly memorializing the Supreme Court’s infamous abortion decision and without petitioning Congress for redress.

No established right-to-life organization was prepared to undertake the planning, financial and operational responsibilities for a high impact prolife March on the U.S. Capitol. But, grassroots pro-lifers wanted to march. About 30 pro-life veterans resolved themselves into a committee and began making plans for the first March for Life.

On Jan 22, 1974, the first March for Life was held on the West steps of the Capitol. An estimated 20,000 pro-life Americans rallied that day on behalf of the sanctity of life.

In 1974, the March for Life was incorporated as a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization.

The numbers have gradually risen through the years despite reduced numbers due to bad weather in 2000 and the terrible 9/11 attacks just months before the March 2002. The group says the growing numbers give testimony to the increasing ranks of pro-life Americans and the importance of the group’s work.

This is the sixth year St. Joseph has participated in the rally.

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