POSTED: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:13pm
UPDATED: Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:20pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It was a welcome back worth waiting for Thursday.
"I'm so glad," exclaimed one mom. However, these students haven't been on just any field trip
Student, Luke Alborado said, "We started out on a bus with people, and then we finished with hundreds and thousands of people just bonded together for the same cause. Amazing."
More than 450 Baton Rouge youth braved the single digit weather for the March for Life in Washington, D.C. "It was just really powerful," said attendee, Simone Giroir. After services, workshops, and concerts, they marched with more than 300,000 people to protest against abortion.
"I think we learned a lot on the trip, a lot of people really opened up to things they didn't do before," said attendee, Brogan Benoit. Including two of her friends, Sarah and Santiago, who see things a little differently now
"I actually was pro-choice, when I came on the trip, my heart was opened, and it was actually calming for me. it just changed me. It changed me completely," said Santiago Rios.
Priests and parents are pretty proud. Bishop Robert W. Muench of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge said, "It was so heartwarming to see not only the reaction of our young people, but of our entire community"
Robert Chasuk, a dad of one of the attendees said, "In the middle of dead winter, rain, cold, sleet, snow, they're out there. They have taken a stand and now they know what it's like, and they'll be much more likely to bring that into their daily lives. Another parent agrees. She's just happy to have her babies back. "I'm ecstatic they're home. it really touched my heart. This isn't something they can experience everyday," said Danielle Tuminello.
"I went there to grow closer to God and it was just a really peaceful experience," smiled Katie Tuminello.
"March for Life!" exclaimed groups of students before heading home with family.