A mixed crowd of young and old, including the Right to Life group from Lewis County, attended the Upshur County Right to Life's 29th annual Rally and Walk for Life recently at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Diana Thompson, the group's president, gave the welcome, showing appreciation for all who attended and asked them to support local sponsors who contributed to the event. The Rev. Don Knotts from Wayside Southern Baptist Church followed with the invocation.
Dr. Robert Chamberlain spoke to the group about his wife, who founded the Upshur County Right to Life organization, and his views on abortion. Delegate Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, and state Sen. Greg Tucker, D-Nicholas, discussed various issues related to abortion and legislative concerns.
Sen. Greg Tucker, D-Nicholas, speaks to participants at the Upshur County Right to Life 29th Annual Rally and Walk for Life.
The audience was then emotionally moved by Charlotte Heater, who sang "Only God Knows What They Could Have Been," a song about an aborted baby who will never know the joys of life and also about what has happened to America and asks people to take a stand for those aborted children.
The children participating received balloons to carry on the walk. Adults received signs and crosses with roses. Many people assembled for the rally and walk this year, including those from Lewis County.
For the walk, old and young alike joined solemnly together as one to show their love for the unborn and to remind the public of their loss, which is 50 million unborn children since the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion.
Edith Hosaflook presented the Pro-Life Person of Year award to Thompson.
Hazel Davidson, 93, was recognized as the oldest walker and for having five generations of her family present with her at the walk. Thompson presented Hosaflook a gift for collecting the most money for the walk at nearly $2,000. Churches recognized for the most pledges were Tallmansville Baptist, Sand Run Baptist, Liberty Baptist, LSDS and Holy Rosary Church. The Way of Holiness and the Church of the Nazarene were recognized for their monthly pledges.