NNJ 5/2/18 POW MIA Chair of Honor Dedication Lodi, NJ

Time: 1:00 pm 
Location: Felician University  262 S. Main Street, Lodi, New Jersey 07644
AHW NNJ is proud to be part of our first Chair of Honor Ceremony to honor the late James F. Coyle – United Stated Navy.

The Chair of Honor Program is to raise awareness of all the POW/MIAs still unaccounted for (approximately 89,000). They shall never be forgotten! Please consider joining us for this memorable event while we honor EMSC James F. Coyle.

NNJ Volunteers Assemble Star Packets for Troops and Veterans

Post by Rose Pagan: Thank you to everyone who helped on Support Your Troops Day and of course to the HH VFW for always supporting us! #msawi

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ —  Nearly two dozen volunteers gathered at the Hasbrouck Heights VFW to assemble Star Packets on Wednesday afternoon, during an event organized by A Hero’s Welcome Northern New Jersey Chapter.

The volunteers sat at tables with different tasks, including cutting stars from worn, unusable American flags, writing letters, or assembling the packages. In total, the group assembled 750 Packets.

The Star Packets included: A star from a worn American flag and a card which reads “I am part of our American Flag, I have flown over a home in the USA and I can no longer fly.  The sun and wind have caused me to become tatered and torn.  Please carry me as a reminder that YOU are not forgotten.”

“It is always an honor to have people come out and support anything that we do for the troops and for the vets,” said Rose Pagan coordinator with A Hero’s Welcome. “These letters and packets will be distributed throughout the coming months at various veterans events. Thanks to everyone who came out.”

The Star Packets will be distributed to troops overseas and veterans stateside on Support Your Troops Day in NYC on April 29.

4/21/18 Lt. William C. Ryan Memorial Bridge (Midtown Bridge) Rededication Ceremony

Posted by AHW NNJ Director Rose Pagan:

Great honor to be able to attend The Lt. William C. Ryan Memorial Bridge (Midtown Bridge) Rededication Ceremony. The bridge is in the name of Bogota native and local hero, USMC 1st Lieutenant William Ryan. We honored Lt. Ryan at our 2017 POW/MIA Ceremony at the County!

The Midtown Bridge was first dedicated in Ryan’s honor in 1980 after his plane was shot down in Laos May 11, 1969. Lieutenant Ryan had been considered missing in action until earlier 2017, when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was able to identify his remains using DNA recovered from the crash site. His remains were buried in Arlington National Cemetery on May 10, 2017. We can never truly repay Lt. Ryan and his family for their service and sacrifice, but we can honor Billy Ryan by making sure he and his heroism are remembered.

5/19/18 POW MIA Chair of Honor Dedication Dover, Delaware

Our friend and great supporter Jennifer Rambo will be dedicating a POW MIA Chair of Honor at Mission BBQ in Dover, Delaware on May 19, 2018.
Time: 11:00 am 
Location: 365 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
Jennifer is a great supporter of A Hero’s Welcome Delaware our military, veterans and troops. She is a great supporter to all other organizations in the state that are affiliated with our military, first responders and veterans.
This POW MIA Chair will serve as a constant reminder that since WW II there are 82,407 members of our military “still missing”.
Some of us from AHW-DE will not be here, we have a prior commitment. For those that are available please support Jennifer Rambo in her POW MIA Chair of Honor Dedication.
Thank you to Hogs and Heroes John Greene

5/6/18 Freedom Steps 11th Annual 5 K to support our Military Willow Grove, PA

Are you a runner??? Are you a walker??? Are you a ‘watcher of runners or walkers’ ???? Are a PATRIOT??? then we want YOU to come on out to the 11th Annual Freedom Steps 5K . All funds raised are used to support our deployed military. Please pass the word!

Saturday May 6, 2018
8-11 Am 
Masons Mill Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

The purpose of this 5k is to raise awareness and funds for our deployed troops. All proceeds go to buy and send care packages to our men and women in uniform.


AHW will be partnering with MSAWI for their 9th ANNIVERSARY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Report for Duty: 1-4pm
Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 West 110th St. NYC
(between Broadway & Amsterdam)

It’s a day to show the Troops we care!
Help us make 1,500 care packages for our Troops & homeless Veterans
Workout in the boot camp.
Be inspired in the MSAWI Military Academy.


For our AHW members who ride, please remember to wear a helmet in accordance with NJ law.


RALLY PLACE: BRIANS HD, 600 S Flowers Mill Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047

KSU: 0930
Arrive Joyce Kilmer rest stop NJ Turnpike at 10:15, KSU 10:30

Arrive Vince Lombardi rest stop NJ Turnpike at 11:15am, meet up with ECPA and NEPA.
11:35 ride brief, 11:45 KSU to our destination, arriving at 12:15pm 550W 110th St. NY, NY

We need to know if you are planning to attend!

4/19/18 Vietnam War Commemoration Program Washington Crossing Park

It’s not too late to register for the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony

If you are a Vietnam Veteran or surviving family member and would like to attend this wonderful ceremony,  Please RSVP at 215-737-2311 or Âlim1527420820.ald@1527420820yllih1527420820pstev1527420820rawma1527420820nteiv1527420820
Also, if you are a friend of A Hero’s Welcome and would like to assist in presenting the Welcome Home certificates… WE WANT YOU!!!

During the ceremony, Veterans will receive a personalized Welcome Home Certificate and Vietnam War Commemoration Pin.

4/15/18 Welcome Ceremony for Veterans Entrepreneurship Cohort at Saint Joseph’s University

We will be presenting our certificates to 24 Veterans! 

It’s a very nice way to say thank you and “good luck” to the Veterans who were chosen to participate in this wonderful program. They will be given the tools to start their own business and better themselves and the lives of their families …starting the next exciting chapter in their lives.


A Hero’s Welcome has once again been invited by Hank Gillen, MBA Director, Office of Veterans Services, Saint Joseph’s University,

to Welcome Home the Veterans participating in Cohort III of the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program at St. Joe’s University.

Hank, AHW is excited to join you for another opportunity to honor these Veterans! A Hero’s Welcome has had a great response to this mission each time we’ve done it. The Veterans, who come from across the country, love what we do and take the memory of this honor back home to share with loved ones. We look forward to these 24 Veterans sharing their A Hero’s Welcome experience when they get home.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!
The program will begin at approx. 11:15am.

Rally Time: 10:30am
Rally Location: Mandeville Hall on the campus of St. Joe’s University
Parking for Mandeville Hall is the lot at 54th Street & City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Driving Directions for Common Routes…

From the North:
New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6 (PA Turnpike
connector). Follow PA Turnpike to Rte.476 (Old Exit 25A/New Exit 20). Follow 476 South to
Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia. Follow Rte. 76 East to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue).
Follow two miles to SJU.

From the East:
From the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rte. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow Rte. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU.

From the South:
Interstate 95 North to 476 North. Follow 476 North to Exit 5 (Rte. 1). Follow Rte. 1 North to SJU
approximately 10 miles.

From the West:
PA Turnpike to Old Exit 24/New Exit 326 (Valley Forge). Follow Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU.

Any questions please contact *protected email* for more info / call 484-679-1717 for updates or changes.

4/12/18 POW/MIA Chair of Honor Dedication at Night for Vets Allentown, PA

Date: 4/12/18
Time: 6:00 pm / Ceremony Starts at 6:25pm
Location: Coca-Cola Park 1050 IronPigs Way Allentown, PA  18109

On April 12, 2018, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Baseball Team would like to recognize some of our Veteran heroes who have fought for our freedom and we also remember those who lost their lives and those who became Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

At this ceremony, held prior to the opening game of the 2018 season, we will join together to unveil this meaningful memorial. The POW-MIA National Chair of Honor.

With the chair stands a plaque that reads: You Are Not Forgotten, Since World War II, more than 82,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for.

“This Empty Chair will serve as an instant reminder of all the sacrifices made for ‘Our Country’ by these still missing American servicemen who have for too long been forgotten by all but their immediate families and some close friends”.

“America’s Veteran’s are the Purchasers’ of Peace and every Veteran has earned the Right, the Absolute Right to Come Home!”

Rolling Thunder’s major function is to publicize the POW/MIA Issue. To educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all past wars. To help correct the past and to protect the future veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners Of War / Missing in Action. We are committed to helping American veterans from all wars.

More info about the POW / MIA issue: http://www.powmiachairofhonor.org/about.html

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t1410


UPDATE: 5/6/18 Mug n Hug Request for Vietnam Veteran Joseph M. Tier, Jr. USMC Glenolden, PA


Delaware County Daily Times article by Pete  Bannan, Photographer
Daily Local News and Main Line Media News

thank you !!!


Changed to Wawa 1550 Chester Pike Folcroft, P.a.

Rally time:12:30 pm KSU 1:20 pm

A Hero’s Welcome, we’ve received a request to honor an American Hero and Vietnam Veteran on his upcoming birthday in May.  The family witnessed a welcome home we organized in Glenolden a year or two ago and Jane (our Hero’s wife)  knew she wanted to do the same for her HERO! OOORAH!!!

Jane,  A Hero’s Welcome and the Warriors’ Watch Riders would be honored to help you give Joe a big birthday surprise!

PVT Joseph M. Tier, Jr. USMC and Vietnam Veteran. Served from May 8, 1967 thru Sept. 16th 1969 2 yrs., 9 mo. and 28 days.

Bio supplied by Joe’s wife, Jane.

Joe served two tours in Vietnam on the USS Boston. He loaded the ammo 5” -8” for firing off the ship 5 miles from land 6 hours on and 6 hours off.  Joe’s awards include National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge M-14, Good Conduct Medal and Proof Director Small Arms.                                                         









Joseph graduated from Temple with a BA in Accounting. Joseph enjoys working with wood. Joseph’s family includes Jane and son Michael J. Tier.  Joe’s Dad was Navy WWII Veteran and his mother is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Joe has remained isolated far too long. His daughter from his first marriage was killed by a drunk driver in 2004 and has become even more isolated. All too painful due to PTSD. I am hoping I can get Joe a Therapy Dog for his BIG DAY. Joe is not well at all.

So, as you read this…it sounds like our veteran sure could use some WWR and AHW Rock Star Treatment…

Rally Location – Wawa
3 North Macdade Blvd
Glenolden Pa. 19036

Rally Time – 1230 Hrs. (12:30 PM)

KSU – 1320 Hrs. (1:20 PM)

Please call the AHW Hotline 484-679-1717 for updates or changes