On Friday, January 19, the Wave-4-Life club made a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 45th annual March for Life with the theme, "Love saves lives." According to their website, "the mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person."
Student club coordinator Finn Gannon '19, along with club moderators Jesse Mazzola and Elizabeth Mainardi, led the trip. Club members Colin Saik '20, Brian Gallic '20, Jeremy Cavuto '20, Dylan Barnacle '18, Carlos Sanzo de la Vega '20, and Derek Lattmann '19 joined the leaders at 6:30 AM at St. Joseph's Church in Mendham for Mass, then the group climbed aboard the bus for the long journey ahead. "I attended the March because I have always wanted to do it, though had never been able to before," says Derek Lattmann. "All life is precious, and I believe that it is essential as not only Delbarton students, but also as Benedictines to advocate for the sanctity of life."
This 45th protest of Roe vs. Wade, the decision that allowed for abortion to be legalized in all stages of pregnancy across America, was historical as it was the first time that a president addressed the crowds gathered live at the rally preceding the march. President Trump appeared via live video feed and reiterated to those gathered that "The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation, and you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God."
After the noon rally, the Wave-4-Life representatives marched up Constitutional Avenue to the Supreme Court and Capitol buildings, joining tens of thousands of others. Signs reaffirmed the value of each and every life from every perspective—religious, scientific, and personal reasons and experiences. "The best part of the march, in my opinion, was getting to the top of the hill and looking back and just seeing the mass of people supporting our cause," said Jeremy Cavuto. "I've never seen so many people gathered in one place."
When the march concluded, the group boarded the bus for the trip home, and they returned to St. Joseph's Church by 10:00 PM that evening. "We believe that the world is a better place with you here in it," said moderator Elizabeth Mainardi. "And it's therefore important that we stand up for every individual's right to life, because each person is a special gift with value that cannot be duplicated."
Check out the gallery below for photos of Wave-4-Life in our nations capital!