Captain Gary Herod, Namesake of Herod Elementary

Find the history of Captain Herod’s heroism and a link for donations for a memorial here.

Houston Parks Board – Captain Herod Memorial Plaza

Some of our longtime residents will recall the day Captain Herod chose to remain with his malfunctioning plane rather then eject over populated areas.

From Charles Goforth, President of the Brays Bayou Association:

This is a “soft” launch to support our hero, Captain Gary L. Herod’s Memorial Plaza, that will be located at N. Braeswood and Mullins.  We will never be able to fully repay the Herod family for what they have lost, but endeavors like this will ensure that he and they will never be forgotten. 

Please click on the links to learn the story of Captain Herod and learn about his heroic sacrifice that has led to, among many recognitions, a school being named after him, and the reason for this memorial.  Captain Herod’s giving to our community continues even today with the vision of this memorial plaza, near the crash site, inspiring the generous Houston Parks Board (HPB) to continue a segment of hike and bike trail along the north side of Brays Bayou between Chimney Rock and Hillcroft.

This new segment will allow the residents of homes and multi-family units, the Congregation Beth Israel and others a direct link to the many miles that make up the HPB’s Brays Bayou Trail System.

The goal is to raise $55,000 to support the nearly $150,000 that the HPB is pitching in to design and construct the plaza.  I’ve been told additional funds raised over the goal amount can possibly go towards improvements outside of the plaza scope, such as a workout station similar to what can be seen just off of the trail east of Stella Link…artworks? trail lighting? landscape enhancements? etc.?
Like I mentioned this is a soft launch because many of you have been asking how to support!  So, now that we have the donate links available, I thought what the heck let’s push it out…softly!  Please understand the pages are still undergoing some tweaks and by the time of the “Grand Opening” of the sites we’ll have everything perfect!  

Trent Rodnot (Houston Parks Board)
Bill Cox (LMC)
Gary Zika (HCFCD)

Mike Turner and the gang at the Woodworkers Club of Houston
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Arthur Kay (Herod Alumni and Consultant)
Jeff Lichtman (Son in Law and Webmaster)
Tom Ramsey (Commissioner) 

Thank you for your support as we honor Captain Gary L. Herod and his family for what they’ve done and continue to do for our community.