OTTAWA — Ottawa resident John Recker and his daughter Katie recently returned from a pro-life March For Life rally in Washington D.C.
John, 49, and Katie, 17, a senior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School were in Washington D.C. Jan 23 through 26. They went on a bus with a group of youth and adults organized by Kalida St. Michael Church. The Reckers are members of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Ottawa, whose members also attended the rally as well as residents from Glandorf, Pandora and Columbus Grove.
It was the Reckers’ first time for attending the rally, with a crowd of 700,000 people estimated.
John and his wife Sherri have three daughters, Katie, Abby, 25, and Haley, 21.
“I think it was important for me to experience the march with one of my daughters and take a stand and experience it,” John Recker said.
He said it was an impactful event and President Donald Trump was the first president to make an appearance at the march and speak. There were bands playing at the rally and federal officials who made videotaped comments supporting the rally including Vice President Mike Pence. National Right To Life representatives also spoke during the rally.
The one-mile march began at the National Mall, up Constitution Avenue to the U.S. Capital and marched past the Supreme Court. The march takes three hours because there are so many people who attended it, John Recker said.
Katie Recker said the pro-choice trend has happened.
“There were a lot of people at the march from my age generation, and I think it was important for me to take a stand,” Katie Recker said. She said pro-life is something she morally believes in and said it was good to show that is something she cares about.
She said she hopes those who saw the march realize life begins at conception and seeing so many people who believe that can change the minds of those who are pro-choice.
John Recker said the rally was the intent to change the minds of legislators and raise awareness on how life is an important voting issue.
“It’s not just about changing legislators’ minds but mobilizing the support of the people who do the march,” John Recker said. The march also is focused on young people and about galvanizing them to stay active on the pro-life issue, he said.
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