Grass Lake – On September 15, 2012 8 members of American Heritage Girls (AHG) Troop 3498 and their parents placed flags at the Shrine of St. Joseph as a way of participating in AHG’s first National Day of Service. Kathy Mars, a member of the Pious Union, wanted to get involved with the Right to Life flag display as part of the tenth ’40 Days for Life’ Campaign so she invited AHG to help. 400 pink and blue flags were placed before the Blessed Mother’s Grotto as a symbol of the 52 million babies who have lost their ‘right to life’ since Roe V. Wade was passed in 1973. Also during the ’40 Days’ Campaign there is a baby shower drive taking place in the shrine for people to donate baby items for a local crisis pregnancy center. Part of the AHG troop will also be praying the rosary weekly outside of Planned Parenthood in Jackson. It is appropriate to note the fact that September 15th is also the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. After the flags were in place, Annie Lavergne, Troop Coordinator, distributed information about the upcoming events for the local 40 Days for Life Campaign. They prayed together and shared some refreshments.
After a difficult search to find a host, AHG Troop 3498 was formed in 2005 at the Pious Union of St. Joseph in Grass Lake. It was the third troop in the state of Michigan and has been growing strong ever since. According to Annie Lavergne two other troops have grown out of Troop 3498. The First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson, MI is now home for Troop 3489 and the second will be at St. Joseph in Jackson. Their troop is in the final stages of formation and a troop number will be issued soon.
Founded in 1995 in West Chester OH, AHG is a Christian alternative to the Girl Scouts. In the 16 short years since its inception, AHG boasts 18,000 members and has expanded to 45 states and four countries. You can learn more about them by visiting their website: ahgonline.org