Only a few days after remembering the September 11 terror attacks that claimed almost 3,000 lives, there is another important day to remember. Saturday, September 14, is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Both memorials call us to recognize the importance of grieving and praying for those who died as a result of violent actions against the innocent.
September 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of 1200 victims of abortion who were buried in Wisconsin at Holy Cross Cemetery.
“All of these unborn children met a terrible, violent death in legalized abortion,” says Dr. Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society. Unlike the victims of the terror attack on September 11, 2001, these who were killed before they had a chance to be born have not received the recognition, prayers, or mourning of the community. “Their bodies were literally thrown away in the trash,” says Dr. Miller. “The bodies of the abortion victims were retrieved from dumpsters. Only a fraction of the unborn children aborted in Michigan have found their way into human cemeteries,” she said.
The earliest burial of aborted babies in Michigan was at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan in 1980, when four bodies were found in a storage locker at a Detroit hospital and another one in an alley near an abortion clinic in Oakland County.
“Members of our group retrieved many of these babies from clinic dumpsters and trash cans. This desecration of life is happening in America today. Since 1973 over 50 million unborn children have been killed,” says Dr. Miller.
Burying the dead is one of the corporal works of mercy in the Church. It is an expression of God’s love and a dignity and service performed for someone who is unable to perform it for himself. For abortion victims, this is the only work of mercy they will receive.
Across the United States, prayer vigils will be conducted at 42 locations.
“On September 14th these memorial services, right at the graves of the victims, will be a powerful public witness to our nation that abortion truly kills innocent human beings and serve as a call for justice, healing and forgiveness,” says Dr. Miller.
If you can’t attend one of the services, pro-lifers are encouraged to visit these burial places as a regular part of their pro-life witness. Dr. Miller urges, “That's what the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about. I hope everyone who is pro-life will join us and give the victims of abortion the respect they deserve!”
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the locations below:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 25800 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48034
Assumption Grotto Parish Cemetery, 13770 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit, MI 48205
White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Rd., Troy, MI 48098