TICONDEROGA - A group of 11 St. Mary's School, Ticonderoga, students and parents along with friends from St. Francis of Assisi Church in Northville traveled to Washington, D.C., on the Lake Champlain 2010 Bus for Life on Jan. 21 to participate in the 37th annual National March for Life and Youth Rally and Mass at the Verizon Center.
The group boarded a bus in Schroon Lake, which originated at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh, and traveled throughout the night to the nation's capital. Once there, they joined 17,000 other young people and their chaperones in a Youth Rally and Mass which was organized by the Diocese of Washington.
Hundreds of religious were present, as well as a representative bishop from the Vatican who gave a message from the pope to the entire group. The Mass was concelebrated by local and visiting cardinals, bishops, rectors and priests. A highlight of the rally was the music by Steve Argrisano, Jesse Manibusan and Ike Ndolo.
After the Mass, the group marched from the National Mall to the Supreme Court steps. The peaceful, mile long demonstration was carried out by thousands upon thousands of people of every age, who wished to show their disapproval of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal exactly 37 years ago to the day.
Upon completing the march, the group traveled back to the North Country, again into the night, on the bus headed for Plattsburgh.
Most of the Ticonderoga group was able to climb into their beds by 4:30 a.m. Saturday.