Knights of Heroes hosts families with common losses allowing them to share experiences and build relationships while increasing public awareness and ensuring that families with losses are not forgotten with the passage of time. KOH empowers children who have lost a parent in service to our Nation by providing positive adult mentorship, character development, and lasting friendships, forged through outdoor adventure programs.
The Knights of Heroes Foundation was created in January of 2007 by Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Steve Harrold. He did so to commemorate the life of a friend and former pilot, Major Troy Lee "Trojan" Gilbert, who was killed during combat operations while flying his F-16 to protect ground troops being overrun by the enemy in the Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on November 27, 2006. At the time of his death, Major Gilbert was a husband and father of five children.
Throughout the year, families with children between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to Colorado to take part in one of the many outdoor adventure programs the foundation offers. These programs are provided at absolutely no cost to the families who attend.
The first camp was held in June of 2007 under the name "Modern Day Knights." Sixteen boys attended from Texas, Florida, Arizona and Colorado. The camp was so successful, Knights of Heroes was established as a non-profit organization in November of 2007. The Foundation has grown every year with more than 100 children attending one of several programs offered throughout the year.
In February of 2015, the Knights of Heroes Foundation purchased a 118-acre property on the western slope of Pikes Peak. This is the new home of the Knights of Heroes Foundation. We offer five events each year (summer camp, spring, fall, winter and graduate retreats).
God willing, the program will continue to grow and provide a place for the families of our heroes to gather for years to come.