Mantua – On May 26, 2011 the tragic news story of an Apache Helicopter Pilot, CW2 Christopher Thibodeau, killed in action just one week after learning he was to become a father, would be the inspiring force of a mission to show this nation’s gratitude for those who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms.
How do you say, “I’m sorry for your loss” to a child who will never hear his father’s voice or feel his loving embrace. An incomprehensible loss became one Ohio couple, Scott and Trish Snyder’s, mission! Could a unique handmade gift bring a child some joy in a time of sorrow. while being a gentle reminder of who their hero was and what they stood for?
With the building of that first tribute rocker, theApache One, honoring the fallen helicopter pilot, Hero’s Rock, the 501(c)3 non-profit, was born. Thanks to donations from people across the country, Hero’s Rock has built tnbute rockers in the shape of helicopters, police cars, fire trucks, medical humvees and treasured chests for children of fallen heroes across the United States.
With less than four years under their belt, Hero’s Rock was dealt a devastating blow! The wood shop where these precious pieces were built collapsed under the weight of harsh Ohio winter snows just minutes after Scott had stopped working for a dinner break. This could have been the end for Hero’s Rock, but again, wonderful people across the state and country stepped up and got them back on their feet! Building these custom tribute rockers has been profoundly moving! Seeing what they mean to countless people across the country is beyond words.
With nearly a year lost to the rebuild and lots of time for reflection. Hero’s Rock has decided to make a “Thank You” tour across the Western United States.
Starting September 1, 2016, Hero’s Rock will be traveling across 21 states, over 7,500 miles, delivering 19 custom Patriotic Pony rocking horses to Fisher Houses across the country, a rallying cry to bring people across the country together, to show our appreciation to our military and their families, while fulfilling a promise to our first hero’s wife.
These special rockers will be painted red, white and blue with hand prints of love and support for our military families. Each will also include a laser memorial to a fallen soldier, a reminder of this nation’s commitment to “never forget the fallen”.
Be sure to attend a rally in your area as these two crazy old Hippies from Hero’s Rock spread love, thanks and gratitude across the country!
If you would like to help keep the promise, please make your donation on our “Gofundmepage” https://www.gofundme.com/drt9kc6s or contact them to become a sponsor.