SAFFORD — Late Thursday afternoon, June 6, a dozen hot and weary youths reached Safford on foot from a walk that began in Los Angeles on May 18.
Aged 18-25, these walkers are part of Crossroads Pro-Life Walk Across America. They are just one of many groups making the journey to Washington, D.C., for the Aug. 10 Pro-Life Rally.
While in Safford, they spent the night in the Volunteer Hall of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Their dinner and breakfast were provided by the Manor House and Quality Inn, respectively.
On Friday morning, the group attended Mass before resuming their trek. Andrew Collart, spokesman for the group, remarked on the hospitality of the community and thanked everyone for their support.
Crossroads walkers walk relay-style Monday through Friday, breaking into two shifts each day, walking in pairs. A support van follows, with other walkers in the van relieving those on foot periodically.
During their visits to parishes along the way, they share their mission: “to witness to the dignity and sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn.” Donations they receive pay for their food, gas and other essential items needed for their journey.
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