EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – Cory Stallings was the king of Colossus today at Six Flags St. Louis.
‘It means a lot for us to bond as a family,’ says Cory Stallings.
The Stallings family was one of five Missouri families taking part in today’s hearts of valor ceremony in Eureka.
‘It’s really just a chance to give back the men and women that serve our country,’ says Liza Watts a spokesperson for Hearts of Valor.
This is the fourth year for the salute to heroes that began at Six Flags St. Louis and has spread to 11 parks nationwide.
Between now and July 6th all active duty, National Guard and reservists receive complimentary admission to the park.
‘But then the public can help us raise money as well,’ says Six Flags Spokesperson Elizabeth Gotway. ‘Anybody who his online and enters the code Heroes we give three dollars back to operation home front. And hen that money goes back to those military families here in Missouri.’
Today a check was presented to operation homefront to help those injured while serving in the military.
But this was also a chance to say thanks to the support systems behind those service members.
‘Caregivers come in many different sizes and relationships,’ says Watts. ‘They can be spouses, friends, neighbors and mothers.’
‘Caregivers we kind of bond together to support our veterans who have served this country but we support each other,’ says caregiver Tish Mathis.
‘After I was injured my wife provided a lot of support for me and I don’t think I could have made it alone,’ says Stallings.
That’s why today’s day out for the entire family was so special.
‘We get to it’s a chance for our family to have fun and see other veterans and be together with the camaraderie and have a fun day at the park,’ says Army Veteran Donna Pratt.
In Eureka, Patrick Clark, Fox 2 news.