On the National Day of Remembrance, September 14, Right to Life/Lifespan of Michigan sponsored an event at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan, to honor the unborn victims of abortion. The group laid roses on the gravesite that they had memorialized 33 years previously. There were 50 roses for the over 50 million who have been killed.
Nearly 100 people came to honor the deceased unborn and to offer prayers for healing, repentance and protection of the lives of the next generation of unborn children. Pastor Steve Gallegos opened the prayer service saying to the attendees: "We appreciate your heart for everyone and for all the creation of God. It is a horrible thing that is taking place. But we trust that the love of Jesus will draw people from deception and penetrate the darkness." Pastor Gallegos prayed, "Forgive our sin, comfort those who are impacted (by abortion) with your healing touch and use us to protect other lives."
Leaders of RTL/Lifespan, Board Member Diane Trombley, and President Diane Fagelman, told the sobering story of how their group found the five bodies of aborted babies discarded in an alley and how they were able to lay them to rest at the cemetery in 1980. Fagelman reminded the crowd that a football game was currently being played at the University of Michigan in the stadium known as 'The Big House'. The arena has a capacity of 120,000. "I ask you to visualize the stadium and imagine over 458 times that number have been killed by abortion," she said. "That number also represents the number of women who have been wounded in the process."
Said Fr. James Grau, "We are thankful to be able to lay these children to rest, to express that they are worthy of dignity, but also to say that this is not the way it should have been." Fr. Grau offered the children of abortion to the Heavenly Father and urged everyone, "Keep working. God will convert our hearts. It is the Lord who begins the process of conversion."