Patriots Memorial Center

Our heros must be true role models . . . but those kind of persons are hard to find.  The Apostle Paul set the standard when he wrote to Timothy, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example for the believers in word, in behavior, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.”  I Tim. 4:12

Marine LCPL Ryan McCurdy was killed in Fallujah, Iraq on January 5, 2006, he truly fulfilled the requirements of a hero and received the purple heart for his bravery.  His life preached a greater sermon than most ministries will ever preach.  He was loyal, faithful, and dedicated.  “No greater love doth a man have than to lay down his life for his friends,” and Ryan was willing to lay down his life so that the oppressed people of Iraq could experience the same freedom he knew.  Ryan was, and remains a true example of what a CLA graduate should be, as well as a true role model and hero.

We here at Christian Life intend to build a memorial to Ryan’s memory.  An activity center is being planned that will be a constant reminder of his sacrifice, now and for years to come.  The building will be known as the Ryan McCurdy Activity Center.  This facility will be used on a daily basis by our students, the families of our constituency, and many other friends throughout the city.  Ryan’s life and sacrifice will truly be remembered.   

The center is expected to cost approximately $2 million. It will have basketball courts, a game room for teens, a playroom for younger children, a stage for drama and musical productions, meeting rooms, “The Studio” (a multigenerational ministry center), and a kitchen with dining facilities for large dinner meetings.  The gym floor will be multipurpose to allow for skating and other activities, so that the utilization of the facility will be maximized.

If you would like to join us in this endeavor by making a tax deductable contribution, please contact our church office at 225.769.6760 or by email at

Ryan has also been inducted into the Hall of Honor at the USS KIDD in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and was given an award posthumously by Governor Bobby Jindal at the Old State Capital on Veterans Day 2008.

Dynamic Defense  Materials, LLC., has created McCurdy's Armor, named for Ryan, as a portable armor wall system that is a unique, rapidly deployed protective structure easily configurable to meet various force levels the armed forces face.  A percentage of proceeds from the sale of this item to the military will be given to the Ryan McCurdy Activity Center to help complete the building.  Please check out the following link for more information on this armor. 

Dynamic Defense Materials
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