Memorial Garden


Dedicated May 29, 2022, the Central Christian Church Memorial Garden honors and remembers CCC members, friends and families that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. In particular, the space marks the service and sacrifice of the ten CCC members killed in action in World War II. You can read their stories below.


Landscaped and lit, with ample sitting room on benches throughout the garden, the centerpiece is a large rock with an engraving: "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." You are invited to spend quiet time in the garden in prayer and reflection.


THE ETERNAL 10

The Greek philosopher Thucydides once said “the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it”. These are the stories of ten members of our church for whom Thucydides was referring. Our prayer is for God to allow these stories to remain a permanent reminder of their sacrifice for our nation. Click each individual name to read their story.


Sources:

  • Central Christian Church Records Ancestry.com
  • FamilySearch.org
  • Newspaper.org
  • Waco Tribune Archives
  • Baylor Lariat
  • University of Texas Yearbook Archives
  • McLennan County, TX WWII Casualties Honor Roll U.S. National Archives
  • VA FOIA
  • McLennan County, TX Phone Books
  • McLennan County, TX Genealogy and History Center First Person Accounts – Betsy Tracy and Richard Rolland