Youth rally, march to proclaim value of all life
Thousands of prolife advocates will gather this Saturday at the state Capitol for the March to Celebrate Life to boldly proclaim the value and worth of human life at all ages and all stages.
“This is going to be the biggest and the strongest civil rights demonstration of 2016 in Colorado,” said Lynn Grandon, Catholic Charities of Denver’s program director for the Office of Respect Life and Human Dignity. “We are bringing a strong contingent of people who want to celebrate life. We’re bringing the positive message that we believe in the value, worth and dignity of every life at every age and every stage.”
This year’s March to Celebrate Life begins with a youth rally 6 p.m.-9 p.m. January 15 at Bishop Machebeuf High School, 458 Uinta Way, in Denver. The celebration continues with Mass starting 11:30 a.m. January 16 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Ghost Parish and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in downtown Denver. Prolife advocates from across the Front Range will then converge at the state Capitol for a rousing rally and unified procession for life.
Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Archdiocese of Denver will kick-off the January 16 rally with opening remarks. At Denver’s march last year, the archbishop called America “beautiful and blessed” especially for the blessing found in “every human person, in each man, woman and child and every immigrant and every native-born son and daughter.”
The march is a peaceful demonstration held in witness to the dignity of life and in somber remembrance of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision Jan. 22, 1973, that opened the door to legalized abortion. Prolife advocates across the country participate in marches this week and at the largest March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Grandon said the March to Celebrate Life in Denver will be the Rocky Mountain region’s prolife event of the year.
“Being at the Capitol this Saturday in Denver will be the most important and exciting place to be in all of Colorado,” Grandon said. “We have to shed or shake off our apathy when it comes to valuing and respecting all life. This issue is affecting not only our culture but our lives in Colorado.”
Everyone is invited to participate in the youth rally and march. Youth will comprise a large number of the participants, Grandon said, with groups from middle schools, high schools and Wyoming Catholic College planning to attend.
“They lend that spark of excitement to every march that they go to,” Grandon said. “The youth are on fire for the prolife movement. You can feel the excitement.”
The schedule of events, along with free registration, is available online at http://liferockymountains.org. Those attending the youth rally and march are encouraged to share the march’s prolife logo displaying “Life” and “Rocky Mountains” on social media.
Grandon said now is the time to join others in standing for the belief in the value and purpose of each person.
“All life has value and purpose, and we believe that each of us has been created at this time in human history with a destiny and a calling from God to do what we were meant to do with all of our gifts and talents,” she said. “Because of that, we honor, protect and want to uphold the value of each human life.”