On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 80 students left Tallahassee, Florida to participate in the 46th annual March for Life in Washington D.C. Two buses containing students from the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University and other local schools drove through the night to arrive in D.C. at 7 AM. As they waited outside the National Mall for the March for Life Rally to begin, they found themselves surrounded by students, families, and individuals of all ages from all over the United States. The theme of this year’s march was “Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science,” and speakers spoke on the ways in which modern scientific and medical advances support the fact that life begins at conception. The rally included surprise appearances from both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Gabby Galvez, a freshman at Florida State attending the March for Life for the second time, shares, “Looking around, you can tell that this was not just an excuse to miss school and go on a trip. People were there because they were passionate about this movement and that’s what stood out to me: the passion.” There was a strong sense of Christian unity and community among marchers, all marching to stand up for life!
The remainder of Florida State University’s trip comprised of remembering our nation’s history through visiting monuments and celebrating mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Students had the opportunity to enjoy the cold weather by spending time ice skating, participating in snowball fights, and building snowmen. The bus ride to and from D.C. included opportunities for students to discuss the pro-life movement and pray together, allowing this trip to be a prayerful and joyful event.