The march on Sept. 18 began with a concert by the popular band Noah’s Ark, followed by several speeches. Ozdoba explained why this year’s motto was “I Promise You,” an expression from the wedding vows.
“This year we want to remind spouses and those called to marriage of the meaning and significance of the marriage vow,” he said. Accordingly, the renewal of marriage vows took place before the march began. The rite was presided over by Father Bogdan Bartold, pastor of the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Warsaw.
Participants of the March walked through the streets of Warsaw holding colorful balloons and red-and-white flags. They also carried banners with messages such as: “Life is beautiful,” “May children live,” “I choose life,” or “Fatherhood begins at conception. Equal responsibility. Equal rights.” In addition, spouses carried special badges on which they wrote their names and the number of years of married life.
Many parents with children, married couples, public figures, members of movements and associations, priests, elderly, and single people attended the March. It concluded with a solemn Mass. The event was held under the honorary patronage of Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki, president of the Polish Bishops’ Conference.
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