PA 11/22/14 Brookhaven Holiday Parade, Brookhaven, PA


Please pass on to any Veteran you know.….They can be from any town, borough or city.
The Brookhaven Holiday Parade has decided to dedicate this years Christmas Parade to all of our active duty, veterans and retired Military Personal .

The annual parade will be held on Saturday November 22, 2014 and we are looking for anyone who would like to be involved in honoring our nations heroes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas themes are still the main event of the day but this year we wanted to give this event an extra spark, so we are reaching out to veterans and active military organizations to participate. We are calling on business, educational, political , and residential communities to capitalize on this opportunity to show our appreciation for the liberties and freedoms we all share and the men and women who played a key role in securing and maintaining our way of life.
If you wish to acknowledge their contributions by participating, please contact Parade Chairman Vawn Donaway at 610-872-0681 or our municipal center at 610-874-2557 ext. 10 and they will get the word back to one of our committee members.

Please show your support help us get the word out.

Brookhaven Borough Councilwoman

Denise Leslie

SEPA UPDATED DATE and New Time!11/23/14 Welcome Home Scott Camma, USMC Brookhaven, PA


A Hero’s Welcome, We have a request from our good friend, Denise Leslie from Brookhaven, DELCO, PA  to join her in welcoming home Scott Camma, USMC.

DATE: Sunday Nov. 23, 2014

Rally Location – K-Mart/Pathmark Parking Lot
5005 Edgemont Ave.(RT. 352) Brookhaven Pa. 19015
Rally Time – 1320 (1:20 PM)
KSU – 1350 (1:50PM)

RC: Captain Dan… Thanks for stepping up brother…

Message from Denise:

“Good Afternoon,

 Brookhaven has a borough resident that was stationed for a 262 day deployment on board the USS Bataan.  Scott Camma is with the Marines 2nd Infantry and was on Embassy Detail in Iraq.

 Scott will be returning on Monday November 17th, time is to be determined.  Scott is the son of our Councilman Greg Camma.  I would like to make this extra special.

 I am requesting, if your PD and FD could possibly provide a car, truck or two to turn up the lights and sirens when we welcome this soldier home to Brookhaven.

 I will let everyone know the exact time as we get closer, but please put this on your calender for that day.  Please share with any PD, the more the merrier.  I do not have every department chiefs email.

 Pass this on to anyone that would like to welcome Scott home and say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

 Thank you for your time,

 Brookhaven Councilwoman Denise Leslie” 


SEPA 11/15/14 Food Drive for Homeless Vets, Pottstown, PA


It’s that time of year again, Second Brigade Motorcycle Club (SBMC) is gathering food for to feed “Homeless and Needy Vets”.  YES, you heard me .. HOMELESS VETS!   … these are two words that should never be said in the same sentence. SBMC gathers food to feed the homeless and needy Vets in the Reading, PA area all year long, hosting monthly stand downs at Reading Park.  

During the Holidays, this is even more important. Let’s help them, help those who gave their best to our Country.

Please consider bringing a donation of  non-perishable food items, a turkey, ham, etc. to the Sanatoga Thriftway located at 2190 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464.  

Date: Saturday 11/15/14

Time:  10 am- 4 pm

Thank you!

SBMC Joint Ops Food Drive


Please join us for our annual Food Drive at the Sanatoga Thriftway supermarket – thanks very much to those folks for hosting us again! We’ll be collecting all types of packaged food for Christmas time deliveries to our shut-in and at-risk Veterans and their families. Hams, turkeys, canned goods of course! Ready-made is best, but we’re happy with anything you bring! Thank you all for all the years you’ve helped – and we hope to see you on 15 November from 10 until 4!


November 8, 2014
Reading PA

Here is a view of the SBMC helping Vets at a SBMC Veteran’s Stand Down


What’s a “Stand Down”? It’s an opportunity for our local disadvantaged Veterans to get a wellness check, new clothing, cool weather gear, toiletries and other necessities – including bed rolls, blankets and more – all free of charge to VetsVets: just bring your VA ID card or your DD214…we’ll get you squared away! (Don’t have one? We can help.) Wanna help out? Great – be at Reading’s City Park in Veterans’ Grove at 9am for a great day of helping our nation’s heroes – Veterans!
Every second Saturday of each and every month…rain or shine, we’ll be there, helping our Veterans. Come out and help…it’ll be the best day of YOUR month!

SEPA 12/5/14 Welcome Home Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Massucci, US Navy


A Hero’s Welcome is working on plans to bring Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Massucci, US Navy back to his home in Philadelphia after a deployment to Japan.  He has been in the Navy for 4 1/2 years and it’s time Raymond got a real HERO’S WELCOME!! Let’s help Mom, Natalie do this right!!!

Times and Rally locations are still in the planning stages so please watch this site for updates. 

From Mom: 


My name is Natalie Massucci, I’m emailing you in regards to my son Raymond massucci, (second class petty officer for the United States Navy), after his four and a half years of service. I was hoping to schedule a Hero’s welcome for him when he returns from Japan to Philadelphia PA, on the weekend of December 5th. Please get back to me as soon as you can. Thank you very much.

Natalie Massucci”

SEPA 12/20/14 Welcome Home SPC Gunnar Paterson, US Army PHL to Eddystone, PA


A Hero’s Welcome received a request from Danby Paterson to join in the planning of a BIG PARTY for her son, Gunnar.  The welcome home plans were started as soon SPC Paterson left for his deployment!    The details are still being finalized so watch this site for updates, times and rally locations.   Let’s help Danby make this a party her son will never forget.. a real HERO’s WELCOME!!!


Details on our Hero from his Proud Army Mom:


First of all, I just wanted to say what a wonderful thing you and the rest of the volunteers are doing.  A BIG thank you to you all.

I am writing to get more information on what I need to do in order to request a “welcome home” for my son who is currently serving in Afghanistan.  He won’t be home until the end of November but, as you can imagine, we are already preparing a HUGE party for him!

SPC Gunnar Paterson, serving as an MP in the US Army.  His platoon is responsible for closing FOBs that are no longer being used by NATO forces and making sure that the ANA are properly trained, so he is all over Afghanistan.”

PA 10/5/14 SHORT NOTICE M&H FOR SSG Othoniel Cruz Rondon, US Army Collegeville, PA




Warriors’ Watch Riders have received a request from the family of SSG. Rondon for one of our world famous M&H’s at a party the family is throwing for our hero. Here is a little about SSG. Rondon. 

He has been active duty for 10 years in the Infantry (Army). He has 3 beautiful daughters and a soon to be step-daughter (Evelyn, Dawn, Aaliyah and Khaleesi). Othoniel is originally from a small town in Puerto Rico. He has done 2 tours in Iraq and this tour in Afghanistan.

For this deployment he left in the middle of January 2014 and did not return until the end of August 2014. In this past tour he missed his beautiful daughter Khaleesi’s birth, who is now about to be 6 months old on Oct 8.

The family could not be there for his welcome home ceremony in El Paso, TX. It was very heart breaking for everyone.

He is very proud of being a Soldier and thinks of the Army very highly and loves what he does, even with all the heart ache and problems it has caused for him physically and mentally.

Othoniel hasn’t seen his daughters, Evelyn and Dawn, for 3 years  as  they live in the Philippines, it has been really hard on him. 

Rally Point: 130 West Main St. Collegeville, PA. 19426

Rally Time: 16:00 (4:00 PM) 

KSU: 16:25 (4:25 PM) 

The First, Official, A Hero’s Welcome Pennsylvania Chapter Director Brenda Hecklin



Brenda joined A Hero’s Welcome two years ago and has worked consistently on the scene of welcome home celebrations as well as behind the scenes planning upcoming welcomes.

Brenda believes in the mission of A Hero’s Welcome and backs up that belief by being an integral part of bringing home our military.   I am so grateful for all she has done to help me and A Hero’s Welcome.

Brenda’s organizational skills have been the catalyst behind current projects such as the AHW information packets that are presented to schools and community groups and the Certificates of Appreciation given to local businesses that support our missions.  In addition to attending almost every Pennsylvania mission posted in the past two years, Brenda also works tirelessly to keep everyone supplied with MSAWI stars for our troops.

 Please join me in welcoming Brenda as the Pennsylvania Chapter Director as she works passionately to help grow our organization through hard work and commitment to ensure all service members get the proper welcome home!

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

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)

11/22/14 SEPA Welcome Home Escort for Jamie Flanagan, USAF PHL to Bridesburg, PA


Photos from today’s welcome home by Fox 29 Philly

We received a request through our Centurion MC friends to help the Flanagan family welcome home their HERO, Airman Jamie Flanagan from her tour in northern Afghanistan. Jamie’s Dad was bursting with pride when he told Brenda about Jamie. When asked if it was ok if we contacted the Media about this welcome home celebration, Jack Flanagan said absolutely! He hopes seeing the welcome home celebrations, seeing the families re-united,  will help show the public the sacrifices the military makes for our country.

We will go directly from the airport to a party being held in Jamie’s honor in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia.
Jamie is the oldest of five children, a graduate of Girls High School class of 2008, and Temple University class of 2013. She enlisted in the United Sates Air Force in March 2013 and was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2014. Serving our country in a force protection group at Camp Marmal in northern Afghanistan, she volunteered all her free time working at the base USO. After her brief visit home, her intentions are to pursue her master’s degree and her career will be in the United States Air Force.

Rally: FB69, 82nd & Bartram Sts.
Rally Time: 09:30 am
KSU : 10:00 am

Brenda from A Hero’s Welcome will present the certificate and WWR RC: 1st time RC George Castagna, assisted by Bill “Pipeline” Heister


We have been contacted by Mike Hanson, PA State Coordinator for Vet’s Journey Home.
He would like us to do our famous Mug & Hug at the conclusion of their graduation ceremony.
AHW and WWR would be honored to show these vets how much we appreciate their service to this great country.

If you would like to check out their website it is

Main Rally Point: 
Our ride captain has found a great rally point for this mission. It is a building formerly the home to a company called National Envelope in the Eagleview Corporate Center and has a large for sale sign out front.

303 Eagleview Boulevard, Exton.

Rally Time 2:45pm 

KSU 3:10pm

We will ride about a half mile to meet the Veterans at the destination where we will for the 3rd year, present them with our A Hero’s Welcome certificate of appreciation. The Warriors’ Watch Riders will present their challenge / honor coin.

Please try and make this mission, these Vets have been through an intense program to help each one with their own personal struggles related to their service. Previously, we have heard some amazing stories about the program and how it has made life changing differences for the Vets.

Anyone who arrives at this mission is more than welcome to present one of our certificates!

The simplest directions for anyone using the turnpike are to get off at Downingtown and go north on Pottstown Pike for only a quarter mile. Go past the traffic light. Exit right immediately in front of the hotel which is the destination but follow the ramp around back to the traffic light. Go across Pottstown Pike one half mile to the rally point on the left.

SEPA 11/12/14 VETERAN’S CELEBRATION at Hallman Retirement Neighborhood Pottstown, PA

We received a request by Patty and Janelle, the Activities Coordinators at Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods. They asked us to join them in honoring the residents in their community who have served our country at their annual Veteran’s Day Celebration.

They heard about AHW and WWR at the recent Military Appreciation Night at Pottsgrove High School. Brenda told Patty that we would love to come out and meet the residents and thank them for THEIR service!

Rally Time 5:45 PM
Rally Place : The parking lot at Gerald Richards Park, 2130 Buchert Road, Pottstown, PA 19464 Its easy to find. I did a recon ride today and my GPS took me right to it. 
Its on the east end of town closer to Sanatoga. 

KSU: Approx 5:55 PM Please bring a coin if you have one!

Janelle said ” Thanks for your time. We love what you do and are excited about the prospect of your group coming to work with us!”

Janelle Reitz, Activities Coordinator

Hallman Retirement Neighborhoods

Well, Janelle, WE are excited to meet your Vets too!!!  


11/11/14 Veteran’s Day “Teach the Children” Barclay Elementary School, Phoenxville, PA

Barkley Elementary School’s Veterans Day Tribute Committee would be honor to have Warriors Watch Riders visit as our guests on the morning of Tuesday, November 11, 2014 8am-10:45am in Phoenixville, PA 
320 2nd Avenue, Phoenixville Pa 19460

ACME market at 785 Starr St in Phoenixville. (Starr Diner used to be there, but closed)
The shopping center is behind the corner of Nutt Rd (Rt 23) and Starr St.
Rally 8:30am
Ksu. 8:50 (Diner is  closed)
The shopping center is behind the corner of Nutt Rd (Rt 23) and Starr St.
Rally 8:30am
Ksu. 8:50 am

RC: Big John