National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children: 25th Anniversary Memorializes Innocent Victims
Most people will acknowledge that losing a child is a terrible thing. And that’s the focal point of the National Day of Remembrance set for September 14, 2013. The “invisible grief” of abortion will be brought into the open at solemn events that memorialize tens of thousands of children buried at gravesites around the nation — including 500 aborted infants interred at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park. These babies make up a tiny fraction of the 55 million children killed by abortion since it was legalized in 1973. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League are coordinating this day to heighten awareness that every abortion results in the death of an innocent child, create an appropriate outlet for both personal and national grief, and pray for an end to abortion.
WHAT: National Day of Remembrance Observation
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 2 p.m.
WHERE: ST. MARY CEMETERY, 87th St and Hamlin Ave, Evergreen Park [MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/iz9rn]
GUEST SPEAKERS: Bishop Alberto Rojas, Fr. James Hyland
Eric Scheidler, Co-Director of the National Day of Remembrance and Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League, remarked, “It’s sobering to realize that these grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born.”
The 500 babies buried at St. Mary Cemetery were found in the garbage dumpster behind the Michigan Avenue Medical Center, located on Chicago’s famous “Magnificent Mile.” Cardinal Bernardin and the Archdiocese of Chicago provided a private burial for the aborted infants who had been tossed into the trash as unwanted refuse.
This event will serve to validate the “invisible” grief caused by abortion, what grief therapy expert Dr. Kenneth Doka defines as “disenfranchised loss,” one not recognized or socially sanctioned and therefore not triggering the type of social support people normally receive at a time of significant loss. Post-abortion counselors attest that this grief is amplified by the message that abortion is a legally protected “right” to be celebrated by our society, leaving no room for mourning the loss of the aborted child. To admit that loss would require abortion advocates to acknowledge that a real baby is involved.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is set for September 14 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at the Milwaukee gravesite, as well as other burial sites and memorials dedicated to the unborn victims of abortion. In addition to the Evergreen Park burial site there are hundreds across the country, including others in the Chicago area in Hillside and Romeoville. The gravesites stretch across the country from Riverside, California, to Wilmington, Delaware—including a grave in Los Angeles containing the remains of 16,000 aborted babies.
For more information about the St. Mary Cemetery National Day of Remembrance event in Evergreen Park and September 14 events at burial sites and memorial sites across the nation, visit AbortionMemorials.com.