Louisiana 9/23/14 Honor Mission for Josh Ueda, USMC Veteran


A Hero’s Welcome received a request to arrange an Honor Mission for Josh Ueda, U.S.M.C. Veteran.   A Hero’s Welcome Massachusetts welcomed Josh home in 2012.

Now, with the help of the Patriot Guard Riders in Louisiana we will be honoring Josh again, this time at an Funeral Mission.

Thank you to the PGR Louisiana.

Details below:

Joshua Ueda 23, who died on Saturday, September 13, 2014 in California. A native of El Paso, Texas and a Lafayette resident since he was seven years old, Joshua was a 2009 graduate of Lafayette High School. He attended Kaplan University in Oceanside, California.

He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
Martin & Castille’s Southside
600 E. Farrel Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
Staging Time:
7:45 A.M.

Special Instructions:
Place flags on grounds. hold flag line from 8:00am till time of service. We will leave funeral home at 9:30am. There will be a 3 mile escort to Our Savior’s Church for 10:00am.  One hour Mass then a 6 mile escort to Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.

Robert Lebon – 1stofficer@cox.net

Flags will be provided.
Large bike flags will be needed.

lows mid 60s and highs mid 80s. stay hydrated




PA 9/26/14 Military Night, Pottsgrove High School, Pottstown, Pa


Seven Years ago, A Hero’s Welcome was founded and we hosted our very first welcome home celebration at Pottsgrove High School!!!  Pottsgrove Graduate and Marine Aaron Martin and Boyertown Graduate Patrick Smith!!!

Since then, A Hero’s Welcome has grown to welcome home hundreds of military members!  Pottsgrove Football team wanted to continue this tradition, so each football season for local veterans they do just that.

AHW and WWR will once again join together to honor local, hometown Veterans at their home game on Friday 9/26/14.

A Hero’s Welcome was contacted by Athletic Director, Gary DeRenzo and invited AHW and WWR to join in the celebration. Pottsgrove Cheerleaders will lead the Veterans out onto the football field and the Football team members will honor the Vets and present the them with an MSAWI  ‘Star for our Troops” , the same star packet we present at our welcome home celebrations.  Please join AHW, WWR and Pottsgrove Football if you can.. and don’t forget to bring your American Flag, supporting  Pottsgrove H.S. as they continue this proud tradition!

Here are pictures from last year’s event!


and link to an article about the very first A Hero’s (and Pottsgrove) Welcome Home.



PA 10/19/14 FLAG LINE AT 5K HERO RUN Collegeville, PA


From our friend Brian Freas at Collegeville FD:

Hi Lee!
I wanted to reach out and contact you regarding our run again this year. 
October 19 is the date and I could really use a flag line again at the start and finish line. We can talk specifics as it nears but I wanted to get on the calendar for that day.
Thanks, Brian

Event starts at 9:30 and should be over by 11:30

Rally Time : 09:00
Rally Place: parking lot of Appalachian Brew Pub 50 W.3rd Ave Collegeville PA 19426

Collegeville Diner is a good place to eat if anyone wants to meet at 08:00, mention it below if there is any interest. You can easily walk from the Rally point.


PA 9/28/14 Long Over-Due Welcome Home for Joe D’Emidio, WWII Vet Bensalem, PA


A request came in by Jeanne D’Emidio (wife) requesting an over-due welcome home for her WW II husband! The family will be celebrating his 90th birthday with a party on Sunday, September 28th. Jeanne saw an article in her local newspaper about Warriors’ Watch Riders honoring a WWII vet and she was interested in having us do the same for her husband. 
She Writes, “Would this be possible?” I say, ” it will be our honor!” Jeanne goes on to write: Joe was at the Normandy Invasion on D-Day… 


Joe D’Emidio enlisted in the service on April 1, 1943. He and his close friend both quit school and enlisted together. However his best friend, also named Joe went to the Army. His brother Ben was already in the Navy. Ben was a radio man on a submarine. His brother Art joined the Navy a few months after Joe serving on an LST. His brother Carl joined later and he was a first class electrician in the Coast Guard. His three brothers are all deceased.

Joe sailed on three different LST (Landing Ship Tanks) which carried tanks, trucks and soldiers to drive the equipment. Joe was at the Normandy Invasion where he was a gunner on the LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) which transported the soldiers from the ship to the shore. Sometimes the water was over the soldiers heads. The soldiers were also on transport ships so the sailors on the LCVP’s (which they referred to as the small boats) would make trips continually taking the soldiers in to battle.
Once he was on the LCVP he didn’t go back to his ship which went back to England to pick up more equipment. After the invasion he went back and forth from Normandy to England making about 30 or 40 trips transporting prisoners and wounded soldiers to England.
He says when he was discharged which was on November 11, 1946, he came home, changed his clothes and went to work delivering refrigerators for $35 a week. He went to school in Trenton to learn floor covering on the GI Bill so he could earn $75 a week.  

Jeanne’s request is a simple one nothing less then an honor to shake Joe D’Emidio’s hand.

Lets do this and make him feel the Warrior’s Watch love we so generously give. Let’s go there and tell him how we feel about our WWII Vets. 

The party (Bensalem, PA 19020) will be well under way by 5:30PM

RALLY LOCATION: Wawa at Street Rd and Hulmeville Rd in Bensalem, PA
KSU: 5:15 PM
It’s about a 10-15 ride to the party.


PA 9/25/14 Un-Attended Veterans’ Service Newtown, PA


Washington Crossing National Cemetery
Unattended Veterans’ Service

Thursday September 25, 2014 2:00 p.m. 

Military Honors will be performed in honor of those veterans interred in the month of September who had no one attending their service. 

The names will be read, the Pennsylvania Military Honors team will present the flag to a volunteer who will receive the flag on behalf of all of the veterans. The Guardians will perform the rifle salute and provide live Taps if available. If not, the electronic bugle will be used.

The Unattended Veteran’s Service will take place after any scheduled 1:30pm service has been completed.

It is our hope that all cemetery employees will be present along with any interested individuals wishing to attend. Feel free to invite anyone you wish. Clergy of all faiths are invited to attend. If they care to offer any words during the service, please contact Gina Accardo, at 215-504-5610 ext 202, or e-mail gina.accardo@va.gov . 

Main Rally Point 
Applebees (really Chick-fil-a)

West Road
Newtown, PA 18940

Rally Time 1300
KSU 1330

PA 9/22/14 HONOR FLIGHT Bensalem, PA


A Hero’s Welcome has received the following request from Joe Sciara Honor Flight / Philadelphia to join them in welcoming home 6 buses filled with WWII veterans returning from Washington DC!

The Warriors’ Watch Riders will escort the buses from border of Delaware / Philadelphia On I95 north bound (rest stop) to the Parx Casino in Bensalem, PA.  Honor Flight volunteers, A Hero’s Welcome along with family and friends of the Greatest Generation will be waiting with American Flags waiving!  Please join us for this memorable occasion!

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Rally Point: 5:15 PM  Parx Casino
2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020

RC: HowardK


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!

GIs Of Comedy Coming To Philadelphia​ – Save The Date Sat. 10/4/14


Limited seating available get your tickets today:


GIs of Comedy Sat October 4th

For more info contact:

Alex Archawski (OEF Veteran)
Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network

e: gpvninfo@gmail.com

w: www.gpvn.org

t: @PhillyVeterans

LI Group- http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/3069831/


PA 9/26/14 FOX 29 Salute the Military Day, Philadelphia, PA


A Hero’s Welcome! We have been invited by Fox 29 to join them at their Studio at 4th and Market St. Philadelphia for the annual 
“Salute the Military” Day!  

This is always a great day! Lots to see and do.. Military equipment on Display and Troop Support organizations showing what we all do!
Fox morning show runs from 7am to 10am.
Warriors’ Watch Riders will arrive in force at 6:00 am.  
There will be limited parking on the streets close by the event.  
If you would like to help at the event, please email Maria@aheros-welcome.org
We need to be set up by 6:45 am
Remember to get your new  AHW RED T SHIRT for RED SHIRT FRIDAY!!

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)

PA 9/12/14 Flagline 3rd Annual “American Pride” Salute to the Military Phoenixville, PA

AHW and the Warriors’ Watch Riders were invited to join the Phoenixville Football Parent’s Association and join them in honoring our Military!  

“Hello, I am the president of the Phoenixville Football Parent’s Association and we are having our 3rd annual American Pride Football Game on Friday 9/12 where we will be honoring current military personnel and veterans. Just like in the past, I would again like to invite your group to attend this event so we are able to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us and our country. This is a very important event for the community and those who have served and we are hoping you will be able to join us. Please let me know if you will be able to attend. I hope you can make it!

Sincerely, Linda Deuber “

As in the past couple of years, we are going to ride in making lots of noise and then stand flag line on the field during the opening festivities.

Rally Place : Starr Diner Parking Lot Phoenixville, PA (Diner is now closed)

Rally Time : 6:00 PM
KSU: 6:25 PM

RC: Available. This is an easy one.

9/13/14 Welcome Home Capt Billings, U.S. Army Oreland, PA

Date confirmed; other details still being worked out. NO MEDIA PLEASE!!!

Rally Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 700 Pennsylvania Ave, Oreland, PA 
Rally Time: 9:15am 
KSU: 9:55am


Warriors’ Watch Riders RC: MJ
Thank you for stepping up!

We were contacted by a proud mother (Wendy) of her son who is a soldier (to be named) to assist in the Welcome home/Mug & hug for his company commander Capt Billings…I say again… the mother wants to do this for HIS COMPANY COMMANDER! How patriotic is that!!!!

MJ: “How can we NOT want to do this for them?!?..So of course I said HELL YES! Ok, maybe not hell but you get the point, I’m excited and taken back by this act of kindness!” 

I rec’d a bio from Wendy on Capt. Billings…….Capt. Billings is one admirable man, remarkable father (to Camden & Ivabella) and husband (to Jaime) and an OUTSTANDING soldier! 

Without going into great detail he’s served in Fort Benning, Georgia. Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. 
Camp Merrill, Dahlonega. Fort Drum, New York. Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Capt. Billings has earned numerous awards & decorations, such as…
Bronze Star medal (2 oak leaf clusters)
Meritorious Service medal/Army Commendation Medal (7 oak leaf clusters)
Army Achievement Medal (4 oak leaf clusters)
Army Good Conduct Medal (3 oak leaf clusters)


NATO Medal (3 oak leaf clusters) 
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantry Badge
Parachutist Badge
Pathfinder badge
Ranger badge
……………………..So you get the point.