Nearly 500 North Dakotans will be participating this week in the largest human rights watch in the world. The annual March for Life rally will be held Friday in Washington, D.C.
Packing for a 28 hour road trip isn't easy. For 130 students from St. Mary's High School, all the time spent driving to our nation's capital is the experience of a lifetime.
"We want to make a difference in the world, we want to overturn Roe vs. Wade, we want to save innocent lives that are being executed for no reason at all," said senior Abbie Morlock.
This is the third year St. Mary's has sent students to the annual March for Life.
"I was super excited. I've been waiting all year for this," said senior Eden Volk.
Last year, Volk was chosen to help carry the lead banner for the entire demonstration.
"It was just incredible and just a powerful experience being up there with all those people," she said.
The marchers from North Dakota are hoping to make a statement that changes the nation's attitude about abortion.
"Our goal is ultimately to help people to make abortion unthinkable in our country and especially our state. Too many families have been hurt by it, too many relationships, too many women," said Nick Emmel, St. Mary's pilgrimage director.
And the march is only part of the experience.
"On the bus ride we'll be playing games, we'll be listening to music, praying. A big part of it's praying. We'll just be having a lot of fun, even though it's a long ride," senior Victor Fleck said.
Last year, 800,000 people attended the march.
"I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself and change the world," Morlock said.
Participating in the March for Life is one step in that direction for many of these students.
Sixty students from the University of Mary will leave for the march Wednesday.