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


Update!!!Sidekick has talked with mom and we’ll escort our HERO home, 15 minute ride from the airport so lets make some noise and show our Hero, his family, neighbors and friends the WWR and AHW Love...

Main Rally Point: FB69
Main Rally Time: Midnight
KSU: 12:30 AM
Clarification- This mission will be late this coming Saturday evening 12/20 going into early Sunday morning 12/21…
RC – Sidekick- Thanks MJ for stepping up...


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!    UPDATE!!! The details are  finalized!!! Let’s help Danby make this a party her son will never forget.. a real HERO’s WELCOME!!!

From Danby (Mom): 

2012 graduate of Ridley High School. Dad is Dave Paterson. Mom is me..  Younger brother is 18 yr old Zac. Enjoys snow boarding and cars. Gunnar was the youngest MP in US Army for almost a year. OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood. Stationed at Fort Carson. Served in Afghanistan from March 12, 2014 to Nov 24,2014. Closed FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) Frontenac and Walton and ended mission at KAF (Kandahar Air Field) Awarded CAB (Combat Action Badge) and German Schuetzenschnur.

Thanks  again,

Danby Paterson

Ok folks, how about a late night mission to Welcome Home our Hero. This will be a Welcome Home at Philadelphia International Airport.

Family requested that we surprise our Hero right there, no escort needed and that’s what we are going to do…



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.”

12/21/14 (A) SEPA Welcome Home Gabrielle Nigro, US Navy PHILA


We received a request from the family of Airman Nigro, to welcome her home Warriors’ Watch style, and that is what we will do. Some of you may remember in May 2014 we had the honor of welcoming home her sister, Cpl. Bianca Nigro. Here is what the family has to say about Gabrielle.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Gabrielle Nigro is from Philadelphia, PA and is assigned to Fleet Readiness Command Oceana as an F/A-18 gun technician. She recently returned from a 9 month deployment on board USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). While deployed, she participated in air combat operations against ISIS. During her deployment she was named the Number One Airman in the Operations Detachment Ordnance Division. To return the respect she has received, her next goal is to serve in the U. S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and represent the Navy in all Presidential, Joint Service, and Navy Ceremonies, State funerals, and Navy funerals in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gabrielle is the sister of Cpl Bianca Nigro, who you welcomed home in May of this year. Gabrielle graduated from Science Leadership Academy in 2014 and left for Boot camp in August of 2014. She went to A school in Pensacola, and left for a 9 month deployment right after Sea school.

Rally Time: 12:30 pm

Rally Place: Wawa Parking lot at 9456 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA. 19114

KSU: 12:50 pm

Members will be heading directly to the Guido Francesco Mug ‘n Hug in Hatfield after this mission.


12/21/14 (B) SEPA Mug n Hug for Guido DiFrancesco, WWII Veteran Hatfield, PA


Details of Request:
My dad (Guido DiFrancesco) is a WWII veteran and was in the infantry – 6th wave during the invasion of Normandy. He turns 90 in December. We are having a 90th surprise party for him and I didn’t know if you could provide a group of warriors to come to our house to honor him. He lives 5 houses down from me and the party is at our house. The party is on Sunday, Dec. 21. His actual birthday is Dec. 17th. We saw the article in the Intelligencer about Mr. Kimmel. We thought this would be wonderful for my dad. He is an amazing man who has endless war stories to tell. Thanks, Carol O.

I told Carol that this a great Christmas present for her Dad and that we’d be honored to shake his hand and maybe even listen to a war story or two. How often do we get to chat with a guy who was on Omaha Beach and lived to tell! His surprise party starts at two and we’ll roll up on him at three and give him his second surprise of the day….Who’s in?

Rally Time 14:30 (2:30PM)
Rally Place St Maria Goretti Parking Lot 2990 Cowpath Rd. Hatfield PA 19440
KSU: 14:55 (2:55 PM) 

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!

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) 

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)

12/18/14 Honor Mission PFC Leo C. Cannon, Sr., U.S. Army, a Veteran of WWII

We have a mission for one of our own…the father of WWR member Lee Cannon.

PFC Leo C. Cannon, Sr., U.S. Army, a Veteran of WWII, was born in 1923 and died in 1969. He served with Battery B 56th Field Artillery Battalion. His service to our country included D-Day, Invasion of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge and other European Campaigns. He was a Bronze Star recipient. Leo will be reinterred to Washington Crossing National Cemetery on Thursday, December 18, 2014. A Military honors service will be held at 9:00am.

Rally time: 7:30am

Rally location:
Pioneer Vault, Inc.
5990 Anne Drive
Plumsteadville (Pipersville), PA 18949

KSU: 8:00am

Arrival at Washington Crossing National Cemetery at
9:00 am

RC: HowardK


PA 11-11-14 A Hero’s Welcome at Graterford Prison

I apologize for the delay in posting this letter, but I felt it is really worth sharing.
Gerry Corrigan is a Marine and always will be. Multiple Sclerosis has bound him to a wheel chair, but even with all his crippling pain, he is strong willed.
He volunteers every month at Graterford State Prison in the Chapel as a counselor and mentor. He has helped many Veterans and this year, he was able to present the MSAWI Stars for our Troops to the incarcerated Veterans at Gratersford at the Veteran’s Day Program he helped put together.Below is an after mission report:A Hero’s Welcome at Graterford Prison 11-11-2014.
9 am to 1 pm.

First off, let me say that I just read the Inquirer Article of 11-11-2014 about “Late But Warm Thanks”.
It was great to see this recognition of our service folks.

Today has been the greatest Veterans Day of my young life.
Beginning at 9:30 sign-in at Graterford Maximum Security Prison, Graterford, Pa and ending with my wife and children wishing me a pleasant Veterans Day I was blessed.

At Graterford there were the re-acquaintances of folks seen from year to year as Veteran’s Day rolled around. The hello agains, the same jackets worn occasionally at special gatherings with Viet Nam places served by the wearers, the Military Units proudly named on the jackets came back to me. The smiling faces of the Prison Guards that I have become accustomed to seeing on my weekly visits there, the presenting of photo ID’s, the hand stamping the wrist banding, the signing in, the electronic scanning, the Gate Memo’s allowing certain goods to enter the facility all have become S.O.P. and an accepted way of life here. The command of “front” signals the OK to gather my goods and to let me pass into an inner wait area to meet the escort, then to the population when the huge steel door slides open. Now the quarter mile trek to the chapel and to the ‘residents’ who await and about whom this gathering is planned.

In the chapel area that seats up to 600 we encountered an inmate handing us 3×5 cards where we wrote our name and branch of service. Take a seat and await the beginning of the ceremony.

Master of ceremonies-Inmate Richard C.
Call to order and posting of Colors. All the services and state and federal colors.
9 or 10 addresses – too boring to mention bur all said something.
Secretary of Prisons John E. Wetzel
Several musical selections.
Lighting of candles, then roll call.

It was at this point that I was introduced and gave an explanation of A Hero’s Welcome and told of Sharon, Maria and friend Lorraine who introduced me to AHW. Then, every veteran in the chapel was called by name and branch of service and each came ‘front and center’, received a star from a ‘surveyed’ flag and took his or her place along the front of the stage in the chapel. Some took a packet, some took one and said thanks, some took one and shook hands and one in five saluted sharply then received a star. Noting this now, it is pretty hard to hold back the emotions that filled me that day. Some dignity has been taken away by unlawful acts, breaking of the law, punishment metered by lawfully appointed justices but personal dignity of having worn the cloth and having raised the hand and saying “take me” will never be taken from these men and women.

Thanks to A Hero’s Welcome for the opportunity to acknowledge our veterans. Thanks to Sharon for giving up everything to gain everything. Thanks to Maria for picking up the torch. Most of all, thanks to our service folks for serving.

Semper Fi,
USMCR 1962-19665


SEPA 12/12/14 Winter Fest at the Spring City Veteran’s Center, Spring City, PA

A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join the Pron-Seton Detachment of the Marine Corps League to wish the Veterans at the Spring City Veteran’s Hospital a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.

The Veterans who are residents at SCVC really enjoy parties and activities that are set up during the holidays. I’m excited that A Hero’s Welcome has been included in this event. Don’t forget to wear your Santa Hat!

The party runs from 2-4 PM but we were asked to come a little early to help bring some residents down that are in wheel chairs.

Rally Time: 1:30 pm
Rally Location: 1 Veterans Dr, Spring City, PA 19475
Link to directions:”/40.1903086,-75.5636112/@40.1894307,-75.5597923,819m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

Feel free to call Maria with any questions: 610-327-2916

As you enter the SE Veteran Center grounds on Pennhurst drive, Right onto Dunlap Dr. then take the first left onto Veterans drive and the main entrance is located here.  AHW and WWR has visited the SCVC many times, this is the same building we’ve visited and hosted our BBQ and ice cream socials.
Please go in the main entrance and sign in with security and you will be directed to the “PARTAAAYYY”

Mary from the Marine Corps League says “No need to bring anything, everything is wrapped! We will be handing out gifts and just hanging out with the Vets to make them feel special at their party.”

SEPA 12/5 Mug n Hug at PHL for returning National Guard Unit

The father of Russell Martorelli, has requested a mug and hug for his son’s U.S. Army National Guard unit returning to PHL on Friday Dec 5 around 2 PM from Afghanistan.

The unit is sending some soldiers to PHL and others to Pittsburgh (the three soldiers returning on the other mission planned for Royersford on Saturday are in the same unit). Dad would like us to welcome the group at the airport. Dad said his son does not want to be singled out but wanted to make sure the whole unit got the kind of welcome home he has seen us do on TV. Dad is getting the flight information as soon as he can but this will not be an escort. We’ll do our famous mug and hug right there at PHL. More details to follow.

Date: Friday 12/5

Rally Location: FB69

Rally Time: 1:15 tentatively

KSU: 1:40 tentatively

SEPA Dec. 6 UPDATE!Welcome Home for 3 soldiers back from Afghanistan, Royersford, PA


Great job on this mission!! A Hero’s Welcome was joined by the Warriors’ Watch Riders and lots and I mean LOTS!!!! of Fire Companies!  Humane, Liberty, Royersford among the names on the Fire Apparatus that passed through town to bring our Heroes home!  thank you for all the assistance by Police too on such a rainy, cold day!  But the hearts of the Klick family were warm for sure as they finally had their sons home, safe and sound!

Photo by the Pottstown Mercury


We have a request for our services from Kim and Bob Klick. The details are few at this point, but, of course we never turn down a chance to honor our warriors. Here’s what we know so far:

Our 2 sons are coming home from Afghanistan along with another soldier on Saturday the 6th!

As of now, the plan is for the Klick’s to meet the heroes either in western PA on Dec 5th and drive them home on Saturday the 6th. They will arrive in the early afternoon.
We will rally close to the destination in Royersford, and then proceed in as one group. Rally point will be posted shortly!

Rally Location: Giant Food Store, 967 S Township Line Rd, Royersford, Pa. 19468
Rally Time: 12:00pn
KSU:12:30 pm
RC: BigJohn


11/30/14 SEPA Escort WWII, POW and Hero Dr. George Beichl, Philadelphia

Brenda Hecklin presenting our AHW certificate of appreciation to Dr. Beichl; Photos by Bikerider / Jeff Story:



We have been asked by the Director of the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory to assist in this mission:

On Sunday 11/30/2014, Dr George Beichl, a WW2 ex POW who is in hospice at is being taken by ambulance with police escort to an event in Philadelphia.

HE WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOR. The City Council of Phila is inviting veterans groups to be there . I know this is very short notice, but this man is a special kind of Hero and a Purple Heart recipient.
It was not until his early nineties did anyone know of his story. His daughter got in touch with City Veterans Director, Scott Brown . He was a POW for one year and he and his men spelled out POW with their bodies as Allied Forces flew overhead , the aircraft tipped their wings in acknowledgement, and they were soon rescued. He was involved with the Manhattan Project (Atomic Bomb), he was a Professor at St Joesph College. His health is failing fast now, but he is still lucid, and this concert is in his honor. The concert will last about an hour.
I spoke with Scott about our Hero at length this evening and this mans life story could be written into a best selling book. Truly amazing!
I assured Scott that we are honored to be a part of this escort.

Rally Time 2:15 PM
Rally Place : German Society Of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
There is a parking lot at the subway restaurant 400 Block of Spring Garden St. which is less than 500 ft from the rally point.

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