TICONDEROGA - A group of students, teachers and chaperones from St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga attended the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C,. recently.
The march protests the legalization of abortion through the Supreme Court ruling in the case Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
More than 200,000 people gathered in the National Mall, marching from 4th Street and ending at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Speakers included pro-life senators and women who had had abortions themselves.
Prior to the march, the St Mary's students and chaperones attended a youth rally and Mass at the Verizon Center, with more than 30,000 people in attendance.
The experience was exhausting yet enlightening, students said.
"We weren't fully aware about it (bills in the state and federal legislatures that could expand abortion availability), it sort of kicked our senses in," said St. Mary's seventh grader Mark Donohue.
His classmates were equally surprised.
"I didn't know that so many people actually cared about abortion," said Maura Jebb.
Kara Zelinski added, "Seeing the posters and signs about babies made me feel really sorry for all the kids who had been killed."
St Mary's held a prayer service at the Respect Life Memorial in front of the local church to continue the spirit of the March of Life in Ticonderoga.