BY SAM BAILEY-LOOMIS
Franciscan University Students for Life invited a large group of people to process to the tomb of the unborn on campus to observe the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday after the 10 a.m. mass.
A large group of students, locals and religious were present at the ceremony to take part in the national event in remembrance of all those who have been killed by abortion.
Red roses – 12, each representing 100,000 aborted children – were laid upon the top of the tomb by volunteers. Following the rose placement, a rosary was prayed. The final piece of the ceremonies of remembrance included prayer at the Pittsburgh abortion clinic.
The tomb on campus holds the bodies of seven aborted children, whose deaths ranged from 1987 to 1998.
All across the nation, memorials occurred at 45 tombs similar to the one on our Franciscan University campus as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
This national event, co-sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League called upon brothers and sisters in Christ from all over the nation to pray for the millions of children who have lost their lives to abortion in the United States.
The event, being one of solidarity and quiet, brought tears to the eyes of those who witnessed the ceremony, but additionally brought great awareness to those who were at the tomb.
Monica Miller, of Citizens for a Pro-Life society, told LifeSite news that “while a funeral and burial for an aborted baby may be a relatively rare event, the opportunity to visit the burial places and recall how those children got there does not have to be rare – in fact, it should not be rare. Pro-lifers should be visiting these grave sites – and other memorial sites dedicated to aborted babies – as a regular part of their pro-life witness. That’s what the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about.”