3/3/2020 Mug n Hug for John Klotz, USMC Wallingford, PA

A special thank you to Jerry Klein and Dan O’Kane: A few pictures from a wonderful event.  Event started with Linda introducing the bugler, Ken Delmar, who beautifully played patriotic tunes to open and close the event. Linda also introduced a recording from Merrill Reese, a tribute by Eagles Jerry Feehery, a Widener coach, Vince Touey, where Jack played college football, Alice Keiner from the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Dan presented the AHW certificate in front of the beautiful AHW banner, and Jerry Klein presented the American Flag Star to Jack and his family.  Several veteran residents were also presented with patriotic pins by Paul Rosen and the Plush Mills staff.  The Nether Providence Police and Fire Departments as well and the Media VFW were in attendance and Link to DELCO Times!


A Hero’s Welcome, Warriors’ Watch Riders and like minded Patriots, all are invited.  Please RSVP if you will be joining us.

Linda Simon, Veteran Liason for Compassus Hospice, has asked us to honor one of her patients. 
Since this is a work day, please reach out to friends who may want to join us. 
Linda said John is a “more the merrier” kind of guy!!! 

FROM LINDA SIMON   Details below: 
The veteran I am requesting a Hero’s Welcome  is JOHN KLOTZ. He resides at:

DATE: Tuesday 3/3/2020
Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location:  Parking lot / 

“John Klotz is a MARINE VET and retired NFL Player. NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 18 / Pick: 216
 He played for the NY Jets. He was MOTHER TERESA’S BODY GUARD, and this is one of his most valued memories and accomplishments in his life. His family will be joining us for the Heros Welcome.  We will bring a Certificate, a Challenge Coin and balloons and a snack. We are hoping to have this event for Mr. Klotz next week. “

Thank you,

Linda Simon
Veteran Liaison
Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care

Updates or changes will be posted to the AHW Hotline 484-679-1717   Please check before heading out. 

2/11/2020 Flag Line and Honor Mission for MSGT Merriella McMillian, US Army – Delaware

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the information for the Honor Mission for Army Veteran, A Hero’s Welcome and MSAWI Member, MSGT Merriella McMillian. Merriella worked tirelessly for the betterment of our Veterans and Active Duty Military and proudly served in the US Army for over 30 years.

A formal obituary will be added soon, please see the details below:

Arrangements for the funeral and burial of our beloved Merriella McMillian have been completed by her daughter Sha’Mere Blatch and her son Donnell Bazemore. We wanted to share the details as Mella touched so many lives in the community.

Visitation from 8-10 am followed by a 10 am service will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Congo Funeral Legacy Center located at 501 W.28th Street in Wilmington, DE. This is the former Christ Our King Church.
Burial will be at 2 pm at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd, Bear, DE 19701

For those who may be interested there will be a Flag Line to honor Mella and her 31 years of military service in the Army at both the visitation/service and the cemetery. Please bring your 3×5 flag if you wish to participate. All are welcome.

Mella’s passion was Wreaths Across America she has many loved ones resting at our cemetery where wreaths are placed annually in December. She asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wreaths Across America under wreathsacrossamerica.org/DE0008. If you would like to make a cash or check donation please send it to A Hero’s Welcome Delaware, 62 Willow Creek Lane, Newark, DE 19711 or see me at the services with your donation.

We love you Mella, you will not be forgotten

1/18/20 UPDATE!!! Mug n Hug Senior Airman Justin Harkins Watch for Updates! Downingtown, PA

SEPA- 1/18 M/H Senior Airman Justin Harkins


Primary Rally Location – Faith Community Baptist Church
1585 Glenside Rd Downingtown Pa 19335

Rally Time – 1700 Hrs ( 5 pm)
KSU – 1725 Hrs ( 5:25 Pm)

Posting this now to get this on our radar, waiting for the proud mom to get more intel. Mom and  the Warriors’ Watch Riders have decided to go from a Welcome Home tomorrow evening to a Mug & Hug this weekend in the Downingtown Pa area.   

See below from AirForce Mom.

Just left his first duty station, home for 10 days before going to next duty station. (HAS NOT BEEN HOME IN 2 years.)
Joined Air Force June 2017.
Graduated BMT August 2017.
Started Security Forces August 2017.
Assigned to First Duty Station overseas in December 2017.

Would have been home in July 2019 for vacation but was re-assigned to a deployment unit. Did not Deploy.

Finally coming home for first time in 2 years before flying out to next base where he will be for at least 1 year

11/16/19 Welcome Home GySgt Theodore E. Sheetz, Jr. , USMC Boyertown, PA


Photos by Tom Hyland


Date: 11/16/19 SATURDAY

Rally Point: Earl Elementary School, 22 School House Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512

Rally Time: 11:00 Am KSU 11: 40 am

Our hero, GySgt. Theordore E. Sheetz, Jr. (Ted) has recently retired from the Marine Corps and his family would like to honor him with a Mug n Hug / Welcome Home at his home in Boyertown.
Ted has been in the Marine Corps since he was 18 yrs old (he is now 36!) has had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and has never had a proper welcome home. He reached the rank of GySgt and his MOS is Explosive Ordinance Disposal Operations and Training Manager. GySgt Sheetz is returning from MCB Camp Lejeune, NC.

Let’s gather to say Thank you to Ted and Welcome Home!!! We will rally at Earl Elementary School and head out to Ted’s family home where his father will bring him to meet us all.

11-7-19 Veterans Celebration Southeastern Veterans Center Spring City, PA

Hi Maria,

It was great speaking with you today!

As we discussed, we would be delighted and honored if A Hero’s Welcome and all like minded Patriots would be able to join us to honor the veterans at Southeastern Veterans Center for their Veterans Day Event.  Details as follows:

DATE:  Thursday, November 7, 2019

TIME:  1:45 pm


Southeastern Veterans Center

1 Veterans Drive

Spring City, PA



EVENT:  Honor & Recognize 150 SEVC Veterans for their military service.  Compassus will be giving each veteran a challenge coin.  We would like to know if A Heros Welcome would like to give the challenge coins to the vets along with the Color Guard and SEVC Staff.

I look forward to hearing from you!!

Thank you, Linda

Linda Simon

Veteran Liaison

Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care

UPDATED TIME: Veterans Day 11-11-19 Pottstown, PA

We have another request!!! Nov 11 2019!!! It is a busy day for many!!! But it is Veterans Day!!! We were invited to Manatawny Manor to honor their in home Vets.. we need 15-20 people to flag line and thank these ladies and gentlemen..
It starts at 2:30 pm and we’ll meet in the parking lot at 2:00 pm This is a rain or shine event so please come in your cages if it’s not bike weather…

Manatawny Manor
30 Old Schuylkill Rd
Pottstown PA 19465

10-21-19 Wyndmoor, PA Veteran’s Day Talk

There will be a ‘VETERAN’S DAY TALK’ on October 21st at 7:00PM at the Free Library of Springfield Township, 8900 Hawthorne Ln, Wyndmoor, PA 19038. That is just off of Papermill Road in Springfield, Montgomery County. (see the attachment.)

The subject will be The Philadelphia National Cemetery with a unique history in the country of the 1,000 black Civil War soldiers and sailors are buried in two segregated sections of the cemetery, a short history of Camp William Penn (the first and largest training camp for United States Colored Troops (USCT)) where several hundred soldiers died of disease at the camp or the hospital that they were sent to and a bit on how we can show respect to our veterans.

Ed McLaughlin

9/27/19 FOX 29 Salutes the Military

Location: 4th and Market St. Philadelphia, PA

Time: 7:00 am – 10:00 am.

Date: Friday Sept. 27, 2019

FOX 29 has invited A Hero’s Welcome, the Warriors’ Watch Riders and local military / Troop support groups to join them again this year to Honor our Heroes in Uniform!
There will be displays of military equipment and lots of great information for all!  Come out and see what our Military Men and Women are doing and learn about their exciting careers.  It may be just what you were looking for!!!  

Let’s thank them for signing on the line and volunteering to protect our FREEDOM!!!! 

RAIN DATE OCT. 4, 2019