We will have the stirring words from all our wonderful speakers up soon, but we must begin by thanking Mr. Joseph Scheidler, the grandfather of America’s pro-life movement, for joining us. We were honored to be able to award Grandpa Joe the St. Gianna Molla Award for pro-life heroism. Here’s Walk for Life West Coast co-chairs Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean presenting the award.
It is impossible to overstate the level of respect Grandpa Joe has throughout the pro-life movement. At the dinner following the Walk, Joe received a standing ovation–and this was from people like Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Fr. Frank Pavone, Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, Rev. Clenard Childress, Shawn Carney, Mrs. Terry Beatley, FR. Mark Mary and the EWTN crew, not to mention the entire Walk for Life West Coast team. At the Walk, Grandpa Joe closed with words from the famous speech from Henry V:
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be rememberèd-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.
More than one person was moved to tears. Grandpa Joe, we are so proud and honored to have you with us!