Yesterday was the March for Life in Washington, DC. I had the privilege to be able to go and take my favorite little partner in crime. We Metro’d in and join the masses of happy-faced people going to make their voices (gently) heard (again). You know it’s a small world when you run into someone you know on the train (getting on at another stop), too.
The crowd was amazingly youthful and there were folks who had traveled all night by bus from Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Folks from Hartford, CT and North Dakota (two different groups) were represented. We saw signs and banners from Oregon, Canada and Maryland. I’m sure there were more, but the sheer numbers may prevent an accurate guess.
Suffice it to say, every single individual we encountered was thoughtful, caring and friendly. There were strollers and crutches. The police were cheerful and helpful.The folks selling t-shirts, buttons and pretzels were friendly. There were so many priests beaming at the passing crowds.
One such priest had just mouthed, “Wow.” I told him, “You said it, Father.” He told me that the March hadn’t even started yet, the speakers were still speaking (we actually didn’t hear #BenjaminWatson speak because we were trying to figure out the lay of the land (it being our first March and all) and so got a head start on the proceedings), but that he estimated 500,000 had already walked past him!
And the media was there. ABC News (WJLA) was there. A news helicopter (I think, although we didn’t see any station call letters) hovered for a while overhead seemingly surveying the crowd or getting shots or both. And so was CNN. In fact, a CNN reporter even stopped us in the street to interview us. You’ll have to take my word for it though as they didn’t give the March much coverage. This in spite of the fact that VP Mike Pence spoke (thanks to the NY Times for reporting on it).
She asked me if this President represented my views. I said, yes, on this topic, absolutely.
She asked why we were here. I told her to represent for those who can’t speak for themselves and to make our voices heard.
It’s nice to actually have someone in the White House who cares what the average person thinks. Prayers for our new administration as they begin to lead us into the future. May all in DC be guided by God to make the best decisions for all of us (including those who have yet to set foot on terra firma).
Going to the March left me filled with HOPE for our entire country and for this next generation.
Did you go? Watch? What was your experience?