Honoring the unborn

BUNKERTOWN – Pink and blue flags waved in the November breeze on Tuesday along Route 35 in Bunkertown. In the distance sat Bunkertown Church of the Brethren, and in the forefront was a sign declaring that 3,300 babies would die on that day due to the choice of abortion.

Ed and Bev Sausman, of Mifflintown, first saw flags like these while staying near Sebastian, Fla. The couple happened to drive by a Catholic Church with 3,300 of the same pink and blue flags.

The Sausmans knew they wanted to do something like this back home.

Ed Sausman contacted the church in Florida and learned of an anti-abortion group in Snowflake, Ariz. He was able to get the flags, the sign and approval from church board members at Bunkertown.

On Nov. 16, 15 people from the couple’s Sunday School class placed the flags into the earth in recognition of the unborn.

“We’ll let it up probably for a month,” Sausman said.

Next year he hopes to place the flags in the ground a month earlier since October is the month to honor unborn babies.

Sausman said he doesn’t go online or get much feedback from anyone since the class worked together to make this happen. He admitted he is sure there will be some negative feedback as well.

“I just feel strongly that we shouldn’t be killing innocent babies,” Sausman said.

He used as an example the deaths from Sept. 11, 2001, when thousands perished in the attack on the twin towers in New York City.

“That’s the twin towers falling again every day,” he said about the number of lives lost due to abortion.

Sausman doesn’t take full responsibility for the decision to put the flags in front of the church. He credits his church family for making his vision a reality.