Years ago, I conceived the idea of having a day where we would invite people nationwide to pray at the graves of aborted babies.
I took this idea to other national pro-life leaders and this led to the creation of the National Day of Remembrance, which is celebrated each year on the second Saturday of September. This event honors the bodies and memory of our brothers and sisters killed by abortion, and calls on pro-life Americans to gather at the gravesites of these children.
Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites as well as hundreds of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted children. Visiting the burial places of these children cuts through any rhetoric surrounding abortion and moves this conversation from the abstract into concrete reality.
After all, we have burial services not for “concepts,” but for human persons.
And when we gather for these services, we express the mourning that should mark the lives and hearts of all who seek to build a culture of life. Pro-life activism begins with a broken heart; it begins when we can mourn the killing of the children we could not save. “Blessed are those who mourn,” Jesus said, “for they will be comforted” (Mt. 5:4).
Over the years I have presided over many funerals and memorial services for aborted babies. Below you will see videos of two of those funerals. One prayer service I led back in 2014 was at the grave of 16,433 babies killed by abortion!
Priests for Life provides some great prayer resources that can be used for this day. You can find these resources at our online store at www.prolifeproducts.org/prayer-resources. Also see www.ProLifePrayers.com for a wide variety of pro-life prayers.
Below you can find a list of where the gravesites are located. We encourage you to visit and participate in any events scheduled at those sites. If you are interested, please contact us at 321-500-1000 or at
Pro-Life Leader Frank Pavone