March For Life
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Amongst the more than 50,000 people who attended the national March For Life on Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C. were eight people from Cuero, including four students: Morgen Patek, Hally Gips, Connor Crain and Mitchell Crain. They were accompanied by Father Jasper Liggio and Deacon Leo Sharon from The Catholic Community of Cuero and Jimmy and Kathy Gips, along with Diocese of Victoria Bishop Brenden Cahill.
Shannon Thomas, youth minister for the Catholic Community of Cuero, was instrumental in coordinating the trip for the young people. The students had a bake sale to help defray the cost of the trip and would like to thank their church community for being so generous.
“I was interested in it, because the unborn can’t talk for themselves,” Hally Gips said. “Somebody has to stand up for them. If that’s what God wants me to do, then I’ll do it.”
Seeing people from all over the country participate was a truly memorable moment for Hally.
“You’re kind of united with them in that factor,” she said.
Hally often hears that it’s your body, so it’s your choice, but she doesn’t agree with that.
“It’s not just you anymore,” she stated. “In high school, I think that’s really important for me to know. I definitely stand up for myself more if they talk about it. It really hits you hard.”
It was her first time attending, but she hopes it’s not her last.
“My friend, Katie Crain, wasn’t able to go, but if she wanted to go, I’d definitely go again,” Hally said.
She closed by stating, “Life is precious. It’s really important.”
Notable speakers at the March included Paul Ryan, House Speaker; Pam Tebow, mother of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow; Matt Birk, former NFL player and a live video stream from the White House’s Rose Garden of President Donald Trump.
The March began at the National Mall, between Madison and Jefferson Drive and ended at the Supreme Court.
The students’ trip also included a tour of Catholic University of America, Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York as celebrant. They toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum and attended a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.