Salute to Our Heroes

Salute to Our Heroes honors the brave men and women of the armed forces and first responders who serve to protect and preserve our freedoms, liberty, and life. Proceeds from this event fund scholarship endowments for graduating seniors from CFISD. The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation invests in Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Future by providing scholarships and innovative staff development programs for CFISD. This special evening is highlighted with an inspirational speaker, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction.

ShiloU.S. Army Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris

Inspirational Speaker

Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris’ Humvee hit an IED while on patrol in Iraq in February of 2007. In that blast he lost his ears, part of his nose, some fingers and over a third of the skin on his body. He also lost three of his best friends. What followed was an agonizing road to recovery, which began with nearly two months in a medically induced coma. During that time, he experienced a version of hell so terrifying, the memories still haunt him today.

“I am a man who has lived through hell. It is hard to share this experience. The carnage. The devastation. The loss. But I will do it. Because I will always know the horrors of war,” writes Harris. “I will tell you what an explosion does to you on the outside. And I will tell you what an explosion does to you on the inside. And I will demonstrate what it means to live fearlessly, with a clear understanding of the Grace that can redeem mayhem.”

Harris shares his inspiring story in his forthcoming memoir, Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I was Meant to Be (September 1, 2014; Baker Books).


Past speakers include:
  • JP Lane, US Army Retired
  • Col. Mark Tillman, USAF Retired
  • Col. Bruce Crandall, US Army Retired
  • Sergeant Keni Thomas , Bronze Star Recipient
  • LTC Steve Russell (Ret)
  • Colonel Martha McSally, USAF Retired
  • Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC Retired
  • Kevin Lacz, Former Navy Seal
  • Kris “Tanto” Paronto, Former Army Ranger
  • Salvatore “Sal” Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient
  • Mark Nutsch, Green Beret Commander
  • Josh Bleill, Marine Corpral

For details on sponsorship, advertisements or ticket sales, please call (281) 370-0144. Individual tickets are $125 each and $75 for military veterans and active military personnel.