April 17, 2014 – GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients Visit CHERRY HILL, NJ to Philadelphia


April 17, 2014 – GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients Visit  

TIMES RUNNING OUT to sign up for the Bus Trip to the GATHERING OF HEROES – MEDAL OF HONOR Recipients visit. If you want to come along on the bus, you need to RSVP no later than Monday!!! Details below;


The American Legion Post 372 of Cherry Hill, NJ is providing a bus shuttle to this event. There will be two bus departure times – 5pm and 6:30pm from Cherry Hill, NJ to the Irish Pub. There will be two departure times from the Irish Pub back to the Legion, 1st departure 7:30pm and 2nd departure time approx. 9:15pm. The bus is free of charge. If you are interested in coming over on the bus, contact Sue at 856-495-7270, squinn9807@aol.com . Reservations for the bus MUST be made in advance.


If you are interested in attending this event, but do NOT want to go over on the bus, proceed directly to the Irish Pub, 20th & Walnuts Sts., Philadelphia, PA. See below for details of event



Date: Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Place: Irish Pub, 20th & Walnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA
Time: 5pm – 9:30pm
Entrance Fee – $20
Medal of Honor Recipients to arrive at 6pm.

The Gathering of Heroes is a night of camaraderie, good food and cheer and an opportunity to meet and spend time with America’s heroes. In addition to local dignitaries and celebrities, four Medal of Honor recipients will be in attendance. Marine recipient Barney Barnum, Army recipient Brian Thacker and Navy Seal recipients Tommy Norris and Mike Thornton will be on hand for the entire evening. In addition to speaking one on one with these heroes, attendees can purchase autographed books, have their pictures taken with them and bid on unique auction items. More info http://www.mclefphila.org



4/227/14 Welcome Home Captain Jerry Reitano, U.S. Army Havertown, PA


We have been asked by the proud parents of Cpt. Jerry Reitano to surprise him at a small party they are having.

BIO: Cpt Jerry Reitano who was commissioned in ’05 and assigned to the U.S Army Aviation Branch just returned “home” after serving 12 loooonng months in Afghanistan.
The Capt. served as a Company Commander, Pilot in Command and also has served in the states at Ft. Hood, Ft. Huachuca, Ft. Wainwright and Ft Rucker.

The Capt. has piloted both Chinooks as well as fixed wing planes as he spent time in Pakistan and South Korea.

Awaiting his arrival home besides his parent and friends are his supportive wife of 7 years and his 18 month old daughter.

Now this visit from the captain may be bittersweet as he will be leaving shortly for his next assignment, possibly in the states though.

Who: Capt. Jerry Reitano
What: M & H
When: April 27th 2014 (TIME TBD)
Where: Havertown area

4/13/14 Welcome Home Matt Horning, US Army Conshohocken, PA


Our friend Chief Stephen Phipps of the Conshohcken Fire Dept. has requested A Hero’s Welcome and Warriors’ Watch to provide an escort for one of their own.

Matt Horning is a member of the 10th Mountain Division and also a member of the Conshohocken Fire Co. No. 2

Our Hero is due to come home on Sunday April 13.

We will rally at the Washington Firehouse 36 West Elm St. Conshohocken Pa. 19428

and then provide an escort to his home along with the FD.

We are waiting on Matt’s  Bio to learn more about his service.

Rally Time 2:30 PM
KSU : approx. 3:PM 
Rally Place: Conshohocken FD (address to be posted soon)

RC: Hooker Thank you Brother for stepping up!


4/10/14 New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans


NJMOH Members:

New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans will have our eighteenth ceremony on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to honor 21 Veterans (Army, Navy, Air Force and US Coast Guard) who honorably served during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and during Peacetime. These veterans are from Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers of New Jersey, specifically through the cooperation of funeral directors from the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home and Quinn Hopping Funeral Home both located in Toms River.

The ceremony will begin at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Main Street, Toms River and then proceed to BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ for the committal service.

10:00am Ceremony begins at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River
11:30 am Motorcade (motorcycles and all vehicles) escorted, departs for BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown 

12:30 pm Arrive at Rear Entrance (Jacobstown/Arneytown Road) BG William C Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery 

1:00 pm Committal Service 

All those attending the ceremony at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home in Toms River, be sure to arrive on time as the ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 am and end in sufficient time for the 11:30 am departure.

The Patriot Guard Riders (provide flag line for the ceremony) and Warriors Watch Riders, along with veterans organizations and state/county/local dignitaries are invited to attend.

All are welcome, please arrive at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home or the rear entrance to the cemetery at the designated times listed above. Anyone at the rear entrance, remember to show respect to those already in the cemetery either visiting a gravesite and/or attending a committal, refrain from loud and/or excessive noise while awaiting the NJMOH committal service. All those attending shall remain at the rear entrance until being escorted by cemetery personnel to the committal service.

7/4/14 WELCOME HOME Chief MSgt. Kristine Jones, USAF Cinnaminson, NJ


NJ 7/4 W/H M&H Chief MSgt Kristine Jones

We have been ask by the proud family of Chief MSgt. Kristine Jones to come by and Welcome The Chief MSgt Home from her 1 year deployment from Korea, and that’s just what we will do!


Rally point TBD

Rally time 1320

Ksu 1355

Kristine joined the Airforce at nineteen years old.. and she has never ….for seventeen years…. be stationed close to home..Korea, Iraq and Germany and Hawaii to name a few. 
She has three years to go and now when she leaves Korea she’ll be coming home….. to the east coast ….Maryland ……….Her family is in Colorado Springs…so she has alot to do 
when she leaves Korea second week of June…Her tour was one year 
We have not seen her or her husband and my grandchildren for a year and a half. 

Hero’s Name: Kristine Lynn Jones

Branch of Service: Air Force
Service Time 17 years 
Rank: Chief Master Sergeant 
Where did they grow up: Cinnaminson NJ
High School: Cinnaminson High Schoo
College: has a BA working on Masters
Are they Returning from a Deployment/Overseas and Where: Korea
How Long have they been gone: 1 year

Parents Names:  Guido and Patricia Cavacini
Brothers Nick Cavacini, Antonio Cavacini and Walter Brennan
Sister: Ada Krager
Hobbies: .. what does our hero enjoy in their spare time: Shopping


4/5/14 Mug n Hug for 1st Sgt. Warren Brown, U.S.M.C. Fairless Hills, PA


Below is a request from a proud daughter for her dad who served during two wars.

“I would like to schedule a Honor Mission for my father, Warren Brown. He is a Korean War and Vietnam Veteran. He was in the USMC for 25 years reaching the rank of First Sergeant and was a drill instructor on Parris Island.

His family is having a party for him on Sat. 4/5. They wanted to know if we could crash the party.”
We just can’t say no to someone that sacrificed 25 years of his life for our country.

WWR Ride Captain is Rooney2n  Thank you!  

A Hero’s Welcome Certificate will be presented by Brenda Hecklin, Thanks Brenda!!!

Main Rally Point
Pathmark parking lot
500 Lincoln Hwy, Fairless Hills, PA 19030
“Route 1″
Farless Hills, PA>

Rally Time 2:15pm

KSU 3:00pm

Warriors’ Watch Rider Harry Rombold featured on Harley Davidson Visa Commercial!


Our very own Harry Rombold entered his story and the story of the Warriors’ Watch Riders mission to a recent Harley Davidson Visa commercial contest.. and well, we all know Harry is a winner.. but this time.. so did Harley Davidson!! Please sit back and enjoy this video clip.. and just think.. we all can say “we knew Harry …when”

Thank you Harry for being the perfect representative from WWR !


(password is hdv if needed)

Looking for ways to help AHW? I’ve got some ideas!


Summer is over and things are going to get busy with the holidays coming up.. this also means the troops will be coming home more frequently to see family and friends.

I’d like to put together “Welcome Home Teams” to cover periods of time (creating a schedule)  and to cover areas of PA and NJ where the welcomes would take place.  I’m hoping this will make more efficient use of everyone’s time and resources. (Ideas are welcome)

Please contact me if you’d like to be a part of a “team’ where you live.   If there is a welcome home close to you, you would present the certificate and be a part of the planning for that particular welcome.  Similar to the Ride Captain for our sister group, the Warriors’ Watch Riders.  It’s very exciting to know YOU put the welcome home together, very rewarding to see the family and our HERO be reunited!

Please think about it…  and thank you for your continued support!

For the Troops,

Maria Hyland

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Look what we have so far!

PR: Jane Perkins and Dan O’Kane

Bucks County Team:  Paul and Clare Wexler

Phila Airport Team:  Dan O’Kane

Montgomery County Team:  Maria and Bob Kerr

Needed: Website Moderators and Email support

3/?/14 Welcome Home Sergeant Michael Rinehart, U.S. ARMY, Traverse City, Michigan


A Hero’s Welcome, we are currently planning a welcome home for  Sergeant Michael Rinehart, U.S. ARMY.

Sergeant Michael Rinehart, will be returning from a deployment in Afghanistan and is also an Iraq War Veteran.

I will have more info on Michael as the plans develop.  He is due home in March and would be flying into Traverse City, Michigan.  IF YOU LIVE IN THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA AND WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST IN THE PLANNING OF THIS WELCOME HOME, PLEASE REPLY BELOW.


“Mike is one of those guys, that is always giving. It’s about time that his Country gives back to him, big time! He would absolutely LOVE this surprise; I don’t know anyone more patriotic.”
Thank you for your time and consideration.
LT Heather E. Golightly

UPDATED!!! 4/12/14 U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jake Selwood, PHL to Riverside, NJ

UPDATED 4/12 @ 0718 the flight has been over booked


KSU 4:40 PM


Changes will be announced on 484-679-1717 AHW Hotline

We have been asked by the Proud Parents of U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jake Selwood to Welcome him Home WWR STYLE!!! So that is just what we are going to do…

Jacob “Jake” Selwood is a 20yr old Graduate of Riverside High School, who upon Graduation stepped up and enlisted into he U.S. Army to help Defend the FREEDOMS that we all enjoy

Our Hero completed 4yrs in ROTC and is a Combat Medic returning from a 9 month Afghanistan Deployment

Growing up in Riverside New Jersey Jake enjoys Hunting and going 4 wheeling when he does get spare free time

Parents Tammy and Randy along with his Brother Josh are anxiously waiting for Jake’s return

RALLY TIME-1050 (10:50am)
KSU———1135 (11:35am)
RC———–GAVEL–Thanks for stepping up Brother

Secondary Rally point—lz168 Staples Parking lot across from Barbs Harley Davidson
RALLY TIME————–1020 (10:20am)
KSU—————————-1035 (10:35am)

4/3/13 Welcome Home Lt. Matt Sherwood, US Army Philadelphia, PA

Army Veteran Matt Sherwood is home from Afghanistan after spending a year over there.

He returns to his Engineering job on Thursday Morning April 3rd and his office is hosting a surprise welcome home party for him in Philadelphia (Northern Liberties section) The office will be decorated in yellow ribbons, there will be food and a big party to welcome him back. The staff have presents for him too. The company is Rodriguez Consulting and its owner is a strong proponent of hiring our Veterans.

Rally Time 10:30 AM 

Rally Place : Finanta Center, 1301 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 
From Broad st, go East on Girard, Left on Hancock , Left on Thompson, and Left on 2nd. Rally point on left. From the River, west on Girard , right on Hancock, etc
KSU: Our Hero is expected to arrive 11:00AM

3/31/15 Mug n Hug for Spc. Nick Gilchrist, US Army Phila. International Airport

We have been asked by the family of SPC. Nick Gilchrist if we could give him a hero’s welcome as he returns on leave from Korea.

Here is a bit of information on our hero: Military Awards: 2 Army Achievement medals………1 Army Good Conduct medal………and Overseas Service Ribbons.
He is stationed in Seoul, South Korea. That assignment will be up in Oct 2014. He is hoping to be stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC after his tour in So. Korea.

He likes to do Geo caching and washing his car when he is home.

Rally time: 1600 (4:00 PM)

Rally Place: FB 69

KSU: 1630 (4:30 PM)

quick ride to the airport where we will do a M&H.

NEW DATE! 4/2/14 Travis: A Soldier’s Story Plymouth Meeting, PA WE HAVE MET OUR QUOTA!!!

Thank you to everyone who made the Travis Mills movie showing and fundraiser as success.. Travis spoke to us after the show, it was wonderful.. Travis and his wife are an inspiration!!!

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NEW DATE:WEDNESDAY APRIL 2, 2014   7:30 pm



Please join us for the showing of “Travis, A Soldier’s Story”

New show time:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014   7:30 PM

AMC Theater, Plymouth Meeting Mall

494 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 

Please call our A Hero’s Welcome Hotline 484-679-1717 for updates or (hopefully NO) changes!

Link for this event is http://www.tugg.com/events/8684   Due to the rescheduling of this event, tickets are still on sale, the count shown on the Tugg event may  not reflect the actual count.  All proceeds benefit the Travis Mills Foundation

Thank you for your continued support , Spread the word about this event to help make it happen.

Please see our AHW website for upcoming welcome home celebrations!

Thank you everyone for ordering your tickets and supporting this very worthy cause.  

We have met our quota to secure the showing.  We can continue to sell tickets but the movie is now confirmed!!!