About the National Day of Remembrance
On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League co-sponsored the first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, calling on pro-life Americans to honor the gravesites of our unborn brothers and sisters.
Solemn prayer vigils were be conducted at these gravesites, of which there are 42 across the United States, as well as at dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children. The date of September 14, 2013, was chosen for the event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
You can see pictures and videos from many of these memorial services on the National Day of Remembrance Facebook page.
2nd Annual Day of Remembrance Set for September 13, 2014
The second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Organizing for the event will commence in the first half of 2014.
Plans are to make this an annual event on the second Saturday of September.
Why Visit the Gravesites of the Aborted Unborn?
When people become aware of the reality of abortion, they can more easily cut through the lies by which some try to justify it, and the natural apathy to which human nature is inclined. Even pro-life people are thrust into a higher level of commitment and activism.
Touching the reality of abortion happens in various ways: hearing a description of the procedure, seeing diagrams of it, seeing images of aborted children, hearing a woman's personal testimony of regret over her abortion.
This impact, whereby abortion no longer remains an abstraction, can be brought to an even more profound level when experienced in an event, such as a funeral for an aborted baby.
Tens of thousands of these children have been retrieved and buried at gravesites across our country. The stories of how they were killed, how they were found, and how they were buried, along with the images and videos that accompany those events, are powerful tools to awaken the consciences of our fellow citizens.
But while a funeral and burial for an aborted baby may be a relatively rare event, the opportunity to visit the burial places and recall how those children got there does not have to be rare—in fact, it should not be rare.
Pro-lifers should be visiting these gravesites—and other memorial sites dedicated to aborted babies—as a regular part of their pro-life witness. That's what the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about.
Honor the Graves of Our Unborn Brothers and Sisters
Though the first annual National Day of Remembrance has now passed, you can still carry on the spiritual mission of this event by visiting a gravesite of aborted children or other memorial site to offer prayers of mourning for the victims of abortion. You can find the site nearest you here.
During your visit, you may wish to pray one of the following prayers prepared for the National Day of Remembrance:
- Prayer at a Gravesite or Memorial Site [PDF]
- Prayer or Mourning for Victims of Abortion [PDF]
- Prayer for Those who Have Lost a Child to Abortion [PDF]