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Last year 220 area residents traveled with us to Washington to call for change. Among these were over two-dozen college students from Edinboro University, Gannon University, and Merchyhurst University; 50 middle-school students, several organized church groups, and families with children of all ages. The Trip
The many hours on the road and on the cold streets of Washington can be tiring, but through their experiences many marchers have gained a deeper sense of solidarity with the unborn and with the pro-life cause.
Our marchers will board Anderson Coach & Travel motor coaches at the St. George Church parking lot, 5145 Peach St., Erie, at 11:00 p.m., Thursday evening, January 24. Cars must be parked along the northern and eastern perimeters of the parking lot, where they are less likely to interfere with regular church activities.
Our group will arrive at RFK Stadium in Washington at approximately 7:30 a.m. The buses will remain parked at the stadium throughout the day until everyone returns nine hours later, by 5:00 p.m.
At 5:00 p.m. our group will depart for Erie. There will be a 45-minute stop for dinner at the food court in the Hagerstown (Maryland) Premium Outlets Mall. We expect to reach the food court at approximately 7:30 p.m. They will be expecting us. The food court will have extra help on-duty to accomodate us and the dozens more busloads of marchers who will be stopping on their way home from Washinton.
We will return to Erie early Saturday morning, January 26 at approximately 2:00 a.m., depending on traffic and road conditions. The bus trip squeezes the entire March for Life experience into about 27 hours!
Places to Visit
Although united by a common cause, People for Life's marchers are a diverse group, drawn from all across northwestern Pennsylvania. When they arrive in Washington, they will divide into smaller groups, or set off on their own, and spend the morning visiting various points of interest in our nation's capitol.
Points of special interest include government sites such as the Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and Vietnam Wall; the March for Life headquarters and exhibits at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill; the United States Holocaust Museum; and National Right to Life's headquarters at 512 l0th Street NW. National Right to Life is right across the street from Ford's Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated, and next door to the Petersen House, where Lincoln died.
Peace of Mind
You won't need to worry if you are unfamiliar with Washington or not with a group of friends. Your bus captain will carefully review everything you need to know, and you will have an opportunity to team up with a small group that will be guided throughout the course of the day by one of People for Life's many March for Life veterans.
Occasionally someone will express concerns about security during the March, for themselves or other family members. The March for Life is an entirely peaceful and orderly event that is suitable for people of all ages (who are in good health and able to stand for extended periods and walk the mile-or-so route of the march), including families and small children. There is, in fact, a palpable sense of community, joyfulness, and optimism, and this has become an enduring hallmark of the March for Life.
We are planning to meet, after the March, with those Members of Congress who represent northwestern Pennsylvania. Please check back at a later date for more information.
Students and others on tight budgests are encouraged to inquire about sponsorships. If you would like to help sponsor one or more deserving individuals (someone to attend the March for Life in your place, perhaps), this would be very much appreciated!
For more information, please call People for Life at (814) 882-1333.
Page last updated November 21, 2012