"In Ramah is heard the sound of lamentation and bitter weeping. It is Rachel mourning for her children because they are no more."
- In Memory of the Unborn, Jer. 31:15
For the past 16 years, the rows of white crosses outside St. Mary's Catholic Church have drawn the attention of passersby.
Since 1996, members of the Knights of Columbus 3867 have staked the white crosses to memorialize the unborn babies across the United States who have died since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision was made on Jan. 22, 1973.
"We do this every year and we will keep doing it every year to represent the babies killed by abortion," said George Huseman, grand knight for the Brownwood chapter. "There have been about 54 million abortions performed in the last 38 years."
Beginning the week before the anniversary, Bill Schluckebier - along with other Knights - begin working on setting up the crosses. Each white cross was built by a member and re-built when necessary. The crosses are placed in rows six feet apart from each other with the columns being 3 feet apart.
"The crosses line up similar to what you would see at Arlington Cemetery," Schluckebier said. "We are trying to have a memory of those lives lost from abortion."
While the white crosses are only up for a week, past members have purchased a head stone to honor the memory of the unborn. The memorial includes statues of two angels and hands holding a small baby with Jer. 31:15 inscribed in the headstone.
"The memorial was bought and put up by Luis Perez and Philip Martinez," Jim Peplinski, district deputy, said. "This summer we relocated the memorial to a more central location."
A prayer meeting will be held today after the 6:30 p.m. Mass - around 7:15 p.m. - before the Knights take down the crosses.
"We would like to invite anyone in the community to attend the prayer meeting," Huseman said.