Presentation of SSG Gary L Woods Jr’s Patriotic Pony to the Aurora, Colorado Fisher House…………
Escorted by Jim Herstein and the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders, the old hippies backed in to the Aurora Fisher house with a familiar face waiting on us……LeeSandra Thibodeau was there to greet us! If you are not aware, LeeSandra was the inspiration for the Patriotic Ponies!
Army Staff Sgt. Gary L. Woods Jr., 24 years of age, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died April 10,2009 in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber.
SSG Woods was known by his middle name “Lee”. Throughout his life, he strived to do the best at any challenge given to him. He was a talented musician who sang and played many instruments, he loved drawing, fishing and camping. He graduated from Bullitt Central High School in 2002.
Although Gary’s mother Becky Manning Woods was unable to attend, friends, staff and the Patriot Guard stood in as Hero’s Rock presented Tessa Levy, Manager of the Fisher House with Gary’s rocker.
Thanks Tessa for a lovely luncheon and special thanks to the Colorado Patriot Guard who got us there safely! You made it so special! Thanks again!