By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Becky Koetters feels awareness is the most important offshoot of the annual Sanctity of Human Life Week Memorial Walk.
"I have always had a passion for the pro-life movement," Koetters said. "I have two kids of my own, and I can't imagine them not being here."
This year's Memorial Walk is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Rock Church, 307 N. 36th, Suite 105.
"The walk is a movement to raise awareness for the vulnerable, the ones who do not have a voice," said Koetters, who is an adult/child counselor with Quanada and also has worked in the DCFS field.
The Memorial Walk is sponsored by Adams County Right to Life, which requests those taking part to arrive by 1:15 p.m. Parking is available on the south side of the church. Participants will walk south on 36th to Maine, then back to the church.
Following the walk, there will be a short prayer service and refreshments. Awards will be presented to the winners of poster and essay contests.
Koetters said there is a special significance to this year's walk.
"This is the 40th anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade," Koetters said of the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court ruling that opened the door for legalized abortion.
"This event is also about education," said Koetters, who says "so many people who were not (alive) in 1973" do not realize the impact the ruling has had in the 40 years since.
The walk will be held rain or shine, snow or cold.
"We had 120 take part in the walk last year, and are hoping for as many -- or more -- this time," Koetters said.
Many churches across the nation will be celebrating Sanctity of Human of Life Week starting Sunday. Jan. 22 is National Sanctity of Human Life Day, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
For more information about the Memorial Walk, call Koetters at (217) 316-0113.