National Day of Remembrance for Unborn Children, September 14, 2019

About the Gravesite of 1,286 Aborted Babies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwuakee gravesite

In 1988, members of the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, both sponsoring organizations of the Day of Remembrance, uncovered the remains of thousands of aborted children in the loading doc of Vital Med labrotory in Northbrook, Illinois.

The bodies of 1,200 of these precious children that had been so callously discarded by the abortionists were given a proper burial by pro-life activists on September 10, 1988 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

A service was held at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and Msgr. Fabian Bruskewitz of St. Bernard Parish, who would later become the bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, presided over the burial.

Bishop Bruskewitz wrote this reflection on the burial:

Many years ago, when I was the pastor of St. Bernard Parish in Wauwatosa, a very good friend of mine at Marquette University, Dr. Monica Migliorino-Miller, was active with me in the pro-life movement in the Milwaukee area.

She discovered, with some friends of hers, many, many bodies of innocent human beings who were killed by abortion. We managed to have a big ceremony to bury them at Holy Cross Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery in Milwaukee, which donated the burial site.

A year later we were able to put up a monument there to these dead human infants, killed by abortion. We had a big Mass at my parish, and Bishop Austin Vaughn, who was then the Auxiliary Bishop of New York, (God rest him) came from New York to preach and preside at the dedication for the monument.

At the actual burial we arranged to have a whole set of hearses from the various Catholic funeral directors in the Milwaukee area, notably the Brett Funeral Home, to carry the bodies in a solemn procession to their burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Organizers are very pleased the Bishop Bruskewitz will be helping lead the memorial service in Milwaukee on September 14.

Burials of babies found at Vital Med took place in Hillside, Illinois and Tallahassee, Florida that same year.

The date of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was chosen to honor the 25th anniversary of this burial, September 14 being the Saturday closest to the date of the burial.

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Day of Remembrance 2013

On September 14, 2013, over 300 pro-lifers attended the memorial service at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwuakee, Wisconsin, led by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop emeritus of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Peggy Hammil of Pro-Life Wisconsin and Monica Miller of Day of Remembrance sponsor organization Citizens for a Pro-Life Society both spoke as well as Karen Brown of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hying.

It was a fitting tribute to the babies buried at Holy Cross, whose burial date was the reason for the choice of September 14 as the National Day of Remembrance.

Images from the milwaukee memorial service

Bishop Bruskewitz, Peggy Hammil and Karen Brown speak at the Memorial Service in Milwaukee.

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