I’ve attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. for the past 8 years, but this year’s was by far the most upbeat, energetic and encouraging march I’ve been to, and Generations for Life was thrilled to be a part of it. The crowd was enormous and excited about the coming year, as well they should be. 2011 was an amazing year for the pro-life movement, and the momentum only keeps going our way. As the march wound through the streets of the nation’s capital, you could see groups from all religious traditions, all ages and races, school groups, church groups, colleges with huge banners—it was quite a show.
Crusaders for Life Steal the Show
But there was one thing that I don’t think anyone missed—the Crusaders for Life pro-life youth group from my parish, St. John Cantius in Chicago. The giant group came equipped with chants, huge yellow “LIFE” balloons, and portable platforms where they could carry some of their cohorts above the crowd to lead chants. The most notable was the “Life Boat”, a platform with a boat and a giant yellow sail reading “LIFE”. When Joe Scheidler — the national director of our parent organization, the Pro-Life Action League — came by the group, they hoisted him into the Life Boat to cruise around on their shoulders. The crowd went nuts as Joe piloted the boat. I got a sneak peak at the “Life Boat” last Thursday night, when I attended a pre-March meeting at St. John’s led by the parish’s tirelessly energetic youth director, Brother Chad McCoy. I knew it was going to be a big hit, but I didn’t know it was going to be that big! Energized by this march, I’m looking forward to fighting abortion and spreading the pro-life message all year long. Also, don’t miss Joe Scheidler’s interview with LifeSite News from the thick of the march, Andy Moore of AbortionWiki.org leading an Occupy-style “mic-check” on ending abortion, as well as a slideshow of our pictures: