With more than 85 marches and walks across the nation this year, more Americans than ever will be walking shoulder to shoulder in defense of life! Two of the larger events are the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, California. We’ve asked some veteran participants for suggestions on what to bring. Here’s a handy checklist.
1. Backpack/Day Pack
You’ll want a comfy backpack to hold some of the items below, including to put some of your layers in if the sun comes out!
Take lots of pictures! And don’t just march for life…Tweet for life! Definitely share your experience on social media. Be sure to use one of the hashtags for your walk, too. Tweet “at” major news outlets to let them know what’s going on. The Walks around the country are always way way way underreported. It’s like there’s media bias against pro-lifers or something. Weird.
You’re not crossing the Sahara, but you’ll be out and about for a while.
Same goes for snacks. Sharing a snack is also a great way to meet someone or strike up a conversation. “Would you like a granola bar? Where are you from? Come here often?”
There’s one major weapon that alone can win in the battle for life. Prayer. Invite those around you to join in.
Seeing some of the creative signs and slogans is one of the more interesting aspects of the walks. Be clever, brief, and charitable. Some simple suggestions: “Life is Good!”, “I AM the Pro-Life generation”, “Women Deserve Better Than Abortion”, “Save the trees…and the babies!”, “A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small.”
7. Weather appropriate gear
The March for Life in D.C. and Walk for Life in San Francisco are both smack in the middle of January, so dress appropriately. You know what they say, “layers, layers, layers”. Cozy gloves and handwarmers may be good to have if you’re attending the D.C. March.
8. Your kids!
The walks are family events. There’s no better way to say “we love life” than to show up with the fam-bam. You’ll be preparing the next generation to take up the March, as well!
9. A Friend
You’ll probably meet a ton of awesome new people, but It’s always more fun to walk with a group. If you’re not attending the walk with your parish, youth group, or school, ask a friend or family member to join you, especially if they’re on the fence about abortion. I have known a number of people who have had their minds changed just by attending the walk; seeing the signs, the difference between the pro-life crowd and the usual pro-choice voices present, hearing the speakers, and being witness to the joy of walking for LIFE!
Remember that you walk for LIFE, and that’s cause for smiling! Your smiling, joyful presence may actually change someone’s heart!