KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS

SACRED HEART COUNCIL 2577

St. JOHN N. NEUMANN ASSEMBLY 1763

 

Right to Life

 

Why 721 MEMORIAL CROSSES

Maryland Right to life and the Knights of Columbus have been sponsoring this ministry for “Life” since January 2004. This memorial commemorates the unborn babies, who have died by “Choice” in the womb. It is the funeral service they never received. We mourn for them and their families. Each cross represents a human being, a person with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
St. Mary’s County RTL is a state affiliate of National Right to Life, and we have installed this memorial 75 times at 35 churches and 2 colleges in ST. Mary, Charles, Prince George, Montgomery and Wicomico counties.
We have four sets of “721” crosses/sign that we can install with your help. We like to involve the church so that the congregation will take ownership of the memorial, and come to understand its full significant. We have all the tools necessary to measure and mark the field, to make the holes for the crosses and then too tap them into the ground. These “721” crosses are normally composed of 600 white crosses made of snow fence lathe wood, while the “honor Guard” crosses are made of a much better quality wood. The “Honor Guard” cross members are notched out and glued together-no screws. There are 100 of these (50 red/blue) and 50 white. These represent the 50 states of the USA. Additionally, there is a “Color Guard” of 13 red, white and blue crosses that represent the Original 13 Colonies, and these go in front of the sign. Fifty American flags for the front row and 13 American Flags for the sign are also provided.
HOW DO WE ARRIVE AT “721’?
Since 1973 there have been over 48 million abortions. The daily number of abortions in the US (Planned Parenthood’s statistics) has varied since 1973 (Roe vs. Wade) from 1.3 to 1.6 million a year. We took Planned Parenthood’s numbers and decided to use the ”median” number of 1.5 million. We took the number, divide it by 52 weeks and divide it again by 40 hours a work week. Consequently, we commemorate “721” American Babies, who have died every working hour of every working day during that time frame. It is much more manageable for us than the 4000 “daily” number, and it is still significant to make the point - a human being has died and we mourn for him or her.