12/13/17 Welcome Home Welcome Home Sgt. McKenry US ARMY PHL escort to the Poconos area


Rally Place: Firebase 69, 8201 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia
Rally Time: 10:15 am
KSU: 10:45 am

12/13/17  Welcome Home Escort Sgt. McKenry US ARMY, PHL and (escort to the Poconos area)

A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to  join the NEPA and SEPA Warriors Watch Riders chapters in welcoming home a WWR member from Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Her escort will be from PHL to surprise her very young son at his daycare center in the Poconos, as he does not know that she is coming home. Please read below and see how valued she is to NEPA’s member “Krete” .

Sgt. Celeste McKenry is a single mom, employee at Sam Adams Brewery, and a “flag waving” WWR member. Krete knows her from working at Sam Adams Brewery. ” When she got the orders to ship out, he threw a huge **** storm at work, being Sam Adams is a Patriotic Company.”  Since she left, he organized a donation box, and have sent care packages not only to her, but to her entire 141 battle buddies she commands in Kuwait. She was sent on her mission with a star to carry with her. So a coin and certificate would be the proper.

Celeste is like a daughter to Krete, and it breaks his heart that he will be in St. Louis when she comes home. He requests that someone take a video for him and says this event is “Gonna be one of those onion cutting ninja moments”.

You will see in the photos below that she sent back a flag and certificate after being flown over her base in Kuwait. Krete says, “Any and all are welcome to join if they care to attend. I will leave it up to you, on how far if at all, you and yours escort her. My hopes, are you can get her out of the airport, and let her experience, the bikes and flags, weather permitting.”

11/25/17 Welcome Home / Retirement Party for MSgt. Thomas Shine, US Air Force Lumberton, NJ

Photos by Jeff ” Bikerider” Story:  Thank you Jeff

Thank you also to the Warriors’ Watch Riders and Operation Yellow Ribbon of S. Jersey!



Rally point: WAWA
1522 NJ-38 Lumberton NJ 08048 https://goo.gl/maps/w3XRvaJJAD52

Rally time: 1830 (6:30pm)
KSU: 1855 (6:55pm)
RC: Daddi-O

We have been asked by a member of A Hero’s Welcome to surprise a good friend of his and Hero at his retirement party in SNJ.

MSgt Thomas Shine entered the USAF in July, 1987 and recently retired on Oct. 2, 2017 serving 30+ years of flying high and protecting our great country! That’s right…30+ years!

Our Hero served with the 732nd Airlift Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing as a Loadmaster on C-17 Globemaster III planes and retired as a Loadmaster on a C-141 Starlifter.











If printed, the list of MSgt. Shine’s accomplishments would run off this website.  We will read off the tours of duty and accolaids at the rally point.

(but to name just a few….)

In his 30+ years he participated in:
Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Global War on Terrorism
Kuwait Liberation
Operation Enduring Freedom (6x)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (3x)

Please come out and join us as we say Thank you and Happy Retirement to this American Hero!!


11/18/2017 Mug ‘n Hug for SSgt Bill Radziewicz, US Army – Yardley, PA

Photos by Jeff ” Bikerider” Story:  Thank you Jeff!














More Photos:  by Maria


Through the Warriors’ Watch Riders,  A Hero’s welcome has been asked by the family of SSgt. Bill Radziewicz to join them as they honor his military service.

Bill Radziewicz turned 83 yrs old and they are throwing him a party at one of his son’s homes in Yardley, PA. He served in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant in Geissen and Schweinfurt, Germany after WWII as occupation forces with the 4th Division, 22nd infantry, Company H. He received the ribbons for Occupation, Good Conduct, and National Defense Service but never got around to obtaining the medals. His sons finally got them for him this year and presented them to him in a shadow box (it took some pursuing as his original records were destroyed in a fire at Fort Knox and revised records showed him in the wrong company).

Please join AHW as we honor this Hero with the presentations he so justly deserves!

Date: Saturday 11/18

Rally Time:  3:50 pm
Rally Point:             Giant Supermarket parking lot
Summit Square Shopping Center
3 Doublewoods Road
Langhorne,  PA  19047
(Off of the 413 bypass)

KSU:  4:10 pm

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Any questions please contact Brenda:  *protected email* or
Elin: *protected email*

11/10/17 POW MIA Chair of Honor Dedication Philadelphia International Airport


Former Vietnam POW Ralph Galati with Veterans and supporters.

Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service to “Our Country” 

Philadelphia International Airport will dedicate a POW MIA Chair of Honor in their Terminal A at 10 am. This special EMPTY CHAIR will be in a glass/plexiglass enclosure on casters as it will be moved to other terminals in the future. Terminal A is mostly for international flights. This way ALL can see the POW MIA Chair as they travel in and out of PHL.
Please park at any of the terminal parking. Stay tune to this page for more updates as the event gets closer on directions of where to go for the ceremony as it is still in the planning stage. They are expecting a large number of guests.

Date: November 10, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Terminal A  Philadelphia International Airport
8000 Essington Ave.  Philadelphia, PA19153-7064

11/3/17 Welcome Home SFC Dante Copeland, US Army PHL City Hall

11/3/17 Extreme Short Notice Welcome Home for

Sergeant First Class Dante Copeland, US Army

We recieved this request from A Hero’s Welcome member, MSGT (Ret) Harold Copeland, US Army, from Harold…about Dante…

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Dante Copeland, is a 14-year active duty Soldier with Army Aviation Attack Helicopter and is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. SFC Copeland successfully completed two combat tours in IRAQ and a tour in Korea among other Army missions. He received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered in combat during his initial tour in IRAQ. SFC Copeland has been awarded the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, IRAQ Campaign Medal – 4 Combat Stars, Army Commendation Medal -3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal -4th Oak Leaf Cluster, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korean Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon, & the Good Conduct Medal.

In 2012, SFC Copeland received one of the highest honors in the Army – induction into the SGT Audie Murphy Club, for exhibiting the highest levels of Leadership & Performance- the Best of the Best.

SFC Copeland is the son of retired Army Master Sergeant Harold Copeland – a member of A Hero’s Welcome.

10/21/17 DATE CHANGE!!! UPDATE!!Welcome Home PFC Nathanial Journey, US Army, Brookhaven, PA

Super job welcoming home our Hero!!!  Thanks to Brenda and Louisa “Special” and all those who joined in bringing PFC Journey home in style!

Nice coverage on 6abc too!

UPDATE: Nathanial came home early; our escort has turned into a mug-n-hug. See below for info.

A Hero’s Welcome was contacted by a proud Army Mom to help their family celebrate their son’s return from deployment to Afghanistan. Nathanial has been in the Army since June of 2016 and is a graduate of Chichester High School.

Please join us to say Welcome Home and Thank you to our Hero!

NEW DATE: 10/21/17

Rally 12:15 at Brookhaven Wawa. 
4703 Edgmont Ave. Brookhaven, PA 


KSU 1pm to the surprise party for our hero

A Hero’s Welcome was contacted by a proud Army Mom to help their family celebrate their son’s return from deployment to Afghanistan.  Nathanial has been in the Army since June of 2016 and is a graduate of Chichester High School.

Please join us to say Welcome Home and Thank you to our Hero!