Children of Fallen Heroes uses art and skydiving as a form of therapy. Program includes indoor skydiving for children from 2 to 17 years of age and tandem skydiving for 18 years and older.
The Art program was created in memory of Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Harris, 36, of Lexington, North Carolina, died August 30, 2008, from injuries sustained while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan.
He is survived by his parents, Dr. Sam and Evelyn Harris; his twin sister, Kiki; and his brother, S. Ranchor Harris.
He spent the spring semester in 1993 in France, studying art history with a group of Davidson students and faculty, Smith said. A responsible young man, he often drove the rental cars filled with students around the countryside."He could do stuff," Smith said. "He was quiet, but when he spoke it meant something."
Harris studied architecture for two years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte but did not earn a degree there, according to school records.
He moved to New York City and shared an apartment with his twin, Kiki, as the two pursued careers in the performing and fine arts. His drawings and sculptures focused on the human figure, and his work was displayed at Lincoln Center.
The Harris Family honoring Joshua Memory and love for art and skydiving. Special thanks to Greg Windmiller, Superior Flight Solutions, Mike Elliot, All Veteran Group and Skydive and Indoor Paraclete.
The first Gold Star Family recipients of this Skydiving Art program are the surviving children and spouse of 1SG Bill J. Siercks. He died on September 28, 2011 serving in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Gabriel (age 9) and Gage (age 13) did drawings in appreciation and gratitude for their mother Georganne Siercks. Both of them had drawn hearts and writing "I love you Mom!"
The boys got excited when they learned that they were going to fly like angels and be closer to their father with US Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights Black Demonstration Team leader, SFC Kevin Presgraves and SFC Roman Grijalva.
Artwork painting of Kenneth Wasley done by his father Michael D. Wasley
If you are inspired by this program and want to help provide therapy for children and surviving spouses please donate here. >>