Twenty-six students from St. Wendelin Catholic Schools returned from Washington Thursday after walking in the annual March for Life.
The march began in 1973, when the Supreme Court made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States in the decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
The eighth- and ninth-grade classes at St.Wendelin have been traveling to Washington for many years, said Campus Minister Jessica Burns.
"We want kids to understand the pro-life message and give them an opportunity to be a voice
among the many thousands," Burns said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. The march began at the National Mall and concluded at the Library of Congress.
"Students just don't have to just stand by," Burns said. "They can make their voice heard and stand up for what they believe in. The church of America is bigger than just us."
Kayla Hunter, an eighth-grader from St. Wendelin, was part of the group that left Monday for Washington.
"It was so touching to see how many people there were there to support something so important," Hunter said.
During the trip, students also were able to visit the memorials and monuments.
"It was really cool to see the Capitol building and actually see where our government is based," Hunter said.
Hunter said she got a lot out of the trip, including spending time with her classmates and seeing the many people from all over the world.
"My favorite part of the trip was the march," Hunter said. "It is important to experience something like this now than later in life when you might have already done something you regret doing without realizing it."
"This was a moment that I will never forget. I hope to be able to do it again before I graduate," she said.