ECPA Mug n Hug for Vietnam Vet Delbert “Del” Wimmer, Nazareth, PA

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WWR has been requested by wife Eileen to welcome home her husband, a Vietnam Veteran.  Delbert “Del” Wimmer, like so many before him, has never received the welcome home he so rightfully deserves.  Well, that’s going to change right quick, WWR will see to that!  A Mug-N-Hug is in order peeps…saddle em’ up!  We’re going to crash their family Labor Day picnic!

A close family friend, Ruth, was present for her brother Carl Peters’ WWR mission and witnessed the goosebumps and eye sweating first hand and has had the privilege of watching her brother heal since our WWR encounter with their family.  The healing process for Del is long over due as well.  When Ruth told her friends of this amazing event, Eileen immediately wanted the same WWR healing for her husband.  

Del served with the Marine Corp during 1962-1968 as a Lance Corporal with Co K, 3dBn, 8thMar, 2nd Mar Division, FMF, Camp Lejeune.  MOS – Rifleman and MP.  While in Vietnam, he was stationed in DaNang, MeKong (Delta), Ho Chi Minh Trail, Cameron, ConThien Artillery Base (I apologize for any misspellings of the cities).   LCpl Wimmer was decorated with a Purple Heart w/Gold Star, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1-star, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Device, 2 letters of appreciation, and Sharp Shooter Rifle.  After his service ended, he married, had 3 children, and was employed and retired from the Bethlehem Steel.  

Let’s give Del the welcome home he never received and so well deserves!

RALLY POINT: Giant Supermarket, 859 Nazareth Pike, Nazareth, PA 18064
RALLY TIME: 5:30 PM
KSU: 5:50 PM

DESTINATION:  Nazareth area @ 6 p.m. 

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

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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!  

fox29salutethemilitary
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!!

PA 8/23/14 Mug n Hug for 2 Vietnam Vets Langhorne, PA

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Pleases join the Warriors’ Watch Riders and they do their famous “Mug n Hug” for 2 Nam Vets on Sat. 8/23
SP5 Ed Sawkenas US Army
Ed did 2 tours in Viet Nam. On his way to the third one, his plane crashed in Anchorage Alaska

SP4 Gary D Craven US Army

Gary served from 1966 to 1969

VietNam from 67 to 68
Lets get out and show these guys how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice. 
We ll give them a LONG LONG OVERDUE WELCOME HOME .
Our destination is in the Levittown area.
RALLY- BRIAN’S HD  600 S Flowers Mill Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047

RALLY TIME-0800 (8AM)

KSU-0830 (8:30am)

PA 8/23/14 Long overdue Welcome Home for Alfred F. Martin , U.S. Navy Brookhaven, PA

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A call came in by Kathy Pollock (Daughter) requesting an over-due welcome home!They, (her family) are holding a birthday celebration for her father, Alfred F. Martin who will be 89 years old on Saturday, August 23, 2014. 

Alfred Martin was a Motor Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy during WW2 from 1944-1946. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

Councilwoman in Brookhaven, Denise Leslie wrote: “It would be greatly appreciated, if we could attend the celebration for just a short period and have someone say a few kind words. I know that I will be one of those going to this event. The gentleman is a World War II Naval combat veteran who served from 1944 to 1946. The family would like to do something really nice for him and wanted to know if we could provide some Legionaries to make a short appearance and shake the fellow’s hand and simply say something about how thankful and proud we are for the his service to this country. When I told the woman who called me that I was sure we could recruit some of our people to attend, she almost cried. ” 

This request is a simple one nothing less then an honor to shake Alfred Martin’s hand. 
Let’s join the Warriors’ Watch Riders and show Alfred the love and appreciation we so generously give….. Let’s go there and tell him how we feel about our WWII Vets. 

We believe the party (Brookhaven, Pa) will be well under way by 3:00

RALLY LOCATION: The parking lot of Brookhaven Pathmark and Kmart on Rt 352 (4950 Edgmont Ave., Brookhaven, PA) 
“5005 Edgmont Ave. Brookhaven, PA 19015″
MAIN RALLY TIME: 2:30
KSU: 3:10

 

DELAWARE 9/5/14 Operation SEAS the DAY Bethany Beach, DE

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Operation SEAS the Day operationseastheday.org

Please visit their website for complete details

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware Chapter I need your support. Operations SEAs the day is in it’s second year of giving back to the men and women who have been wounded while serving our country. This event came about by a small group of Bethany residents who wanted to give Wounded Veteran’s going through tough times a few days of fun in the sun with their family.  In September we will be welcoming 30 Wounded Veteran’s coming from different parts of the country into Bethany for their week in the sun, all expenses paid by the loving hearts of this community.  Businesses giving meals, home owners have donated their homes, fishing boats will be on stand by to take them out, free ice cream, bikes, jet skies and many more activities all free.  Operation SEAS the Day has been working all year raising money to offset their expenses by selling t-shirts, hats, beach towels etc.. In all this little town has the biggest heart, with 160 volunteers working together to give our veterans a few days we hope they will never forget.

On September 5, 2014 A Hero’s Welcome Delaware will be escorting the 30 Wounded Veterans and their families from Sea Colony, Bethany Beach to Fenwick Island’s Freeman Stage where they will be treated to dinner and a Show “A Salute to Bruce Springstein” in their honor. 

We are asking for your support by coming to Bethany and  helping us with this escort. Bring your noise, families and friends to honor these brave men and women who have paid the sacrifice of being severely injured.  Please come out and help A Hero’s Welcome Delaware with this deserving escort.  It’s not often we get a change of saying THANK YOU to a large group as this.

EVENT DATE: September 5, 2014

PLACE: Sea Colony Marketplace

             33546 Coastal Hwy,

             Bethany Beach, De 19930

TIME: 4:30 PM

KSU: 5:00 PM

For Our Troops,

Rosely Robinson

Bob Kwiatkowski

A HERO’S WELCOME DELAWARE CHAPTER I

 

PA STAND DOWN 8/9/14 First Lieutenant Joseph Zeek, U.S. Army Newtown, PA

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STAND DOWN!!

First Lieutenant Joseph Zeek joined the National Guard in July of 2008, he attended Officer’s Candidates School at Palmetto Military Academy in August 2010. He toured in Taji, Iraq from May 2011 to April 2012. He is still serving in the reserves and is getting ready for another possible deployment. 

While serving he received news that his wife was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. He was then flown home to be with his wife. Joe then took a small reprieve to help his wife fight a different battle. Unfortunately she lost her battle with cancer this past February, and now he will be going back full time into the national guard.

So it would really mean a lot not only to him but to our family to really thank him not only for the battle he served for our country but also the battle her served with his beloved wife. Thank you in advance!!!!!!!

Rally Applebees 2 West Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 · 
Rally Time: 3:30Pm.
KSU: 4:00Pm.

Brenda will present the A Hero’s Welcome Certificate

WWR RC’s will be  Cowgirl and Fatbob09 thanks for stepping up

6/21/14 HONOR FLIGHT , Broomall, PA

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Thank you Warriors’ Watch Riders for bringing our Heroes home in style!!!!  Super turnout!

Pictures by Bikerider:  Thanks Jeff!

 

https://picasaweb.google.com/112272792475811391121/SEPA621HONORFLIGHTPHILADELPHIA#6027563681688563330honorflight

 

 

 

Please join the Warriors’ Watch Riders to greet the World War II Veterans from Honor Flight 2014 as they arrive from their day in Washington, DC!

A Hero’s Welcome will join the family and friends of our HEROES at

St. Kevin’s Church

200 W. Sproul Road

Springfield, PA 19064

DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR AMERICAN FLAGS!!!!!

 

 

2ND UPDATE! 6/14/14 Welcome Home LCpl Matthew J. Ponente, U.S.M.C. Jamison, PA TIME CHANGE 6:15 PM

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MINOR CHANGE TO THE RALLY INFO:

Main Rally Time: 1815, 6:15pm, KSU when families’ dinner is over, sometime between 6:30-7:00. 

Main Rally Location: GIANT FOOD MARKET, 2395 York Rd. Jamison, PA 18929, 1/4 mile north of Giovanni’s Pizza.

We received a request from Sue Ponente to give her young Marine son a proper Welcome Home / Escort on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 , we will surprise him as he finishes dinner with his family at Giovanni’s Pizza.


Lance Corporal Matthew J. Ponente, Graduate of Central Bucks West High School in June 2010. Ponente

Matt enlisted in the Marines right out of high school in August 2010 and completed Boot Camp in November 2010. He has been deployed three times in the past three years, beginning with Afghanistan in 2011, then on to Kuwait in 2012 and then back to Afghanistan this past September 2013 – where he served in the Infantry as a Rifleman and Machine Gunner. His unit just returned from Afghanistan after their deployment was extended an additional couple of months so they could continue to provide security during the recent Presidential elections there. Matthew is due to be honorably discharged from the Marines in March 2015, after which he plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at a local college.

Family: Parents John and Sue Ponente, younger brother Anthony (junior in college at ESU) 

Hobbies/Interests: Sports, Baseball, Basketball, Personal Fitness. 


Main Rally Time:  6:15pm,  KSU when the family arrives around 6:45 – 7:00 PM

Main Rally Location: Huntingdon Valley Bank, 2190 York Rd. Jamison, PA 18929


Escort 5.9 miles to his home in Doylestown, Pa.     

SEE TOP OF POST FOR CHANGES

Extended family / friends will be waiting our arrival. 

7/9/14 Golf Outing to Benefit the Vietnam Memorial, Pottstown, PA

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5th Annual Vlahos Dunn Golf Outing

 

Wednesday July 9, 2014

Twin Ponds Golf Course

700 Gilbertsville Rd, Gilbertsville, PA 19525

Proceeds benefit the following:

United States Veterans

Elks #814 Veterans’ Committee

Memorial Park Vietnam Memorial

$100 per golfer

-Price includes: Golf, cart, lunch, steak dinner, prizes

$50 per course hole sponsor   Advertise your company

Contact Jim Vlahos    (USAF “73-83” )                    Contact Dave Reidenouer

610.326.1010/610.203.4579                                      484.300.1971

 jvlahos@vlahosdunn.com                                    drmmqb@aol.com

6/14/14 Bikers for Soldiers to Honor Cpl. Grant Cantrell, USMC and Wounded Warrior Gilbertsville, PA

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 A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join Bikers for Soldiers at the 4th Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Day at Zern’s Farmers’ Market

1100 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA.

Noon to 6 PM

This fundraiser will benefit veteran Cpl. Grant Cantrell.

Sponsored by Bikers for Soldiers.

Bike show, live music, vendors, Chinese auction.

For more iformation: 

www.bikersforsoldiers.com      

www.facebook.com/BikersForSoldiersPA.

UPDATE! 5/4/14 Freedom Steps Walk / 5K Run Huntington Valley, PA

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UPDATE!  Just in from Heather, the event coordinator, We will be presenting the AHW Certificate to each of these recently returning Veterans.  If you would like to present a certificate to one of these Heroes, please see me at the Flag ceremony prior to the Walk/Run.  

Thank you!

Below is the list of names of those who will be attending tomorrow. They are all part of B Troop 1/104 Cavalry. They are with the Army National Guard at the Armory on Southampton Rd in Philadelphia.
Tim Durbano
Alejandro Santiago
Wayne MacDowell
Steven Hartnett
Melvin Young
Jeff Negrón
John Teetz
John Wersler
Eric Seibert
Nicolas Console
Andrew Clauhs
Andrew Swerdlow
Anthony Veitz

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Run

Sunday May 4, 2014

Masons Mill Park

 Race will be timed by Pretzel City Sports 

Registration: 8:00am

$20/Person

$10/Youth ages 12-18yrs

Free – Children under 12

                                                    Click Here to Register Online at Pretzel City Sports                                                    (Nominal Service Fee Applies; Closes Wed. May 1st at Midnight)

Click Here to Download a Registration Form .

Welcome & National Anthem: 8:40am

Flag Raising

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Run/Walk Begins: 9:00am

Path includes trails, small hills, and paved surfaces

Running on trail

.                                           Awards & Closing to Follow Race

Handing out awards

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Location: Masons Mill Park

3500 Masons Mill Road

Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

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**If you know of a soldier deployed or being deployed and would like them to receive a package from our event, please CONTACT US, and be sure to include name, address, length of deployment, and an estimate number of men/women in their unit.**

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

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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!

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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 !

http://vimeo.com/45636271

(password is hdv if needed)

NJ/PA 8/15/14 W/H Army Specialist Tracy Kowalski, US Army PHL to Woodbury, NJ

NJ 8/15 W/H Army Specialist Tracy KowalskiWe have been asked by Tracy’s girlfriend, Jahna, to welcome home her boyfriend in a rock star fashion, so that’s exactly what we will do!!Rally location: FB69 82nd and Bartram Ave.  Philadelphia, PA 
Rally time: 12:00PM
KSU: 12:30PM

BIO:
Tracy joined the Army in 2011 and serves as an all-wheeled vehicle mechanic. He has received his combat action badge in January 2014 while serving in Afghanistan. He is returning from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan. He grew up in Deptford Township, but now lives with his girlfriend in Woodbury. He graduated from Deptford Township High School.In his spare time, Tracy loves playing video games and spending his down time with friends and family. He especially loves spending time with his two year old nephew, Xander. He also has a passion for fitness. When not doing armyrelated tasks, if you can’t find him, check the gym. His passion for health and fitness is inspiring. If he wasn’t in the Army, you’d probably see him studying to be a personal trainers and fitness coach.

Aside from Jahna, his girlfriend of 2.5 years, his family includes his parent’s, Tracy Anderson (mom), Tom Kowalski (Dad), and Debbie Kowalski (stepmom). He has a sister, Phoenix Kowalski, and a stepbrother, Elijah Lopez.

 

PA 8/17/14 Welcome Home HM3 Andrew Murdock, US Navy Corpsman Berwyn to Plymouth Meeting, PA

WWR’s we received a request from the parents of Andrew Mudock, US Navy. Let’s show this young man how much we appreciate his service to our country. 

Our son Andrew just returned from a 4 month tour in Afghanistan. Andrew is a corpsman that is attached to the 2nd combat engineer battalion out of Camp Lejeune NC. On June 20th 2014 while out on route clearance their convoy came in contact with an IED which resulted in casualties, including 3 deaths, 2 critical and the death of the bomb detecting dog. We wanted to acknowledge Andrews service as well as that of the other sailors and marines attached to the 2nd CEB. 

HM3 Andrew Murdock enlisted in the United States Navy in June 2010. He completed basic training at the Recruit Training Command at Naval Station Great Lakes. He went on to graduate, with distinction, from Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Illinois in November 2010.

In December 2013, HM3 Murdock reported aboard Naval Weapons Station Earle at Colts Neck, NJ where he worked as medical support at the clinic. His additional duties included IT support. He also volunteered to provide medical assistance at the clinic which was still in operation at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa. During his tenure NWS Earle, HM3 Murdock was nominated twice for Blue Jacket Sailor of the Quarter. He earned addition certifications for advanced medical training courses at both Andrews Air Force Base and Johns Hopkins University. In May of 2012, while still serving under the Annapolis command, he earned the rank of 3rd Class Petty Officer.

In December of 2012, HM3 Murdock transferred to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC. After completing FMTB training at Camp Johnson, he was assigned to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion. He was deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan in April 2014. He served as medical support for a route clearance platoon. HM3 Murdock was awarded the FMF Warfare Device June 2014.

HM3 Murdock is now back serving aboard Camp Lejeune.

Sunday, 8/17/14. 
MAIN RALL LOCATION: HH Gregg Parking Lot, Justice Gateway Shopping Center
400 Swedesford Rd W Berwyn, PA 19312

MAIN RALLY TIME: 0915, 9:15am, KSU 0955, 9:55am

Warriors’ Watch RC: Shelly

 

PA 8/15/14 Welcome Home Sr. Airman Jesse Magolon, U.S.A.F. Royersford, PA

Photos posted by the Pottstown Mercury:

http://media.pottsmerc.com/2014/08/19/photos-welcome-home-here-jesse-magolon-8-15-14/

 

Warriors Watch received the following request:
“Hello, my name is Chris Thomson. My friend is in The Air Force and he was over in Afghanistan and his family and I would like to see if you guys would be able to do something for him now that he’s home. I myself am part of he Royersford fire dept. and they would also be apart of it.
His name is Senior Airman Jesse Magolon. He went to boot camp in San Antonio Texas. Then he went to tech school at Shepard where he graduated top of his class and was honored with a coin. He studied at Shippensburg University where his major was economics. He was asked by his base to serve over in Afganstain working 7 days a week 12 hours a day and recently returned home.
Hope to hear back from you thank you and god bless. ”

Well gang, I told Chris and the family that Warriors Watch will gladly show Jesse that we appreciate his service! They will be finishing up dinner at a local restaurant and we will bust in , do what we do , and then escort him to his home and present him there.

Rally Point :Spring Ford 9th grade center 400 s Lewis rd Royersford pa.
Rally Time : 18:00 (6:PM)
KSU: approx. 18:30 when we get the call that dinner is over
RC: We have an RC pending ; Waiting on confirmation.

NJ 8/9 A SHORT NOTICE Welcome Home LCpl. Andrew J. Galiano, USMC Audubon, NJ

8/9 A SHORT NOTICE Welcome Home LCpl Andrew J. Galiano, USMC  Audubon, NJ

Our Hero has made it home. This mission was previously scheduled for 8/2/14, but we had to wait a week to show him our appreciation.

8/9 A WH Lcpl Andrew J. Galiano, USMC

We have received a request from the Audubon Park Fire Co. Assistant Chief, to welcome home another American Hero from the sandbox, his nephew Lcpl Andrew J. Galiano.

RALLY : ACME PARKING LOT 100 Black Horse Pike, Audubon, NJ 08106 

RALLY TIME: 9:30AM 

KSU: 10:00AM PROMPTLY

Hero’s Bio:

Graduated Audubon high school 2012

Age 21 turned 21 in Afghanistan

MOS IS Motor-T

Served since 08/2012

Deployed To Afghanistan In March 2014

Mother Lisa Galiano

Father Tony Cordero also a veteran of Afghanistan form previous years 2 tours. Army Grandmother Sophia Galiano Brother Dymitr Galiano Hobbies Volunteer Firefighter/ excellent Baseball player

We will be meeting our hero at the Audubon Acme and escorting him on a parade through town back to the Audubon Park Fire Department where a small celebration will be waiting for all in the town to welcome him home. The Mayor and council will also be present as well to join in the celebration and in welcoming him home.