Each year, tragically, approximately 53,000 children die before achieving their latent potentials, leaving behind devastated, grieving parents and siblings.
A few years ago, recognizing those cold, hard statistics do little to help keep alive the memories of their lost ones, a small group grieving parents, calling themselves the "Compassionate Friends," came up with the idea of how to keep their deceased children's memories alive. That idea was to plant a small garden honoring these loved ones, an idea that received swift approval from the then pastor of St. Martin's Church.
The memorial garden is located on the lawn on the Colby St. side of St. Martin of Tours Church, near the Holy Innocents Chapel. And a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi keeps watch over the memorial flowers.