Concerned Veterans for America event

A Hero’s Welcome represented by Brenda Hecklin (PA Chapter Director) and Lee Cannon present AHW certificates, MSAWI Stars and Beads to…


(Standing L-R) MSG Jason Beardsley, U.S. Army; SGT Cody McGregor, U.S. Army, and Karen Vaughn, mother of Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Vaughn, U.S. Navy -Seal Team Six (killed 8/6/2011 when the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter he was in was shot down by Taliban forces).

AHW member Lee Cannon presenting MSAWI Stars and Beads

More photos from this event:

11/11/2016 – “Virtual” Honor Flight, Jenkintown, PA

AHW member and supporter, Linda Simon, Veteran Liaison of Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care, has been working with Andrew (Honor Flight) on a “Virtual” Honor Flight. AHW has been requested to participate in welcoming home these veterans who would not be able to attend an Honor Flight mission to Washington.

THIS IS A FIRST! Come join us as we show our appreciation to approx. 70 Veterans at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, PA.
Bring your flags! Bring your smiles….and handshakes!!
We’ve got a lot of Heroes to thank!!

Rally point: Whole Foods parking lot (next to Rydal Park – address given is for Rydal Park)
1515 The Fairway
Rydal, PA 19046

Rally time: 10:15am

*Welcome Home celebration will take between 10:45am – 11:15am place outside the entrance to the Rydal Park building.

Any questions…contact Brenda at OR Elin at

11/10/2016 – 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Program – Chalfont, PA

From Dawn D. Byers,  State Representative Katharine Watson’s Office

I wanted to update everyone that the Vietnam Commemoration event video (with David Christian’s speech) and event photo gallery are available for viewing on Representative Watson’s website. Additionally, we uploaded the slideshow that was shown at the event with photos sent in by many of the honored Veterans.  Since the room was so full, many of you may not have been able to view the slideshow shown prior to the start of the event. Thank you to those of you who sent in photos. Please click on the links below to view.  Have a healthy & happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!

View slideshow of the event

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View slideshow of the event

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Photographs of the event are at this link.

Click here to view video

Warmest regards,

Dawn D. Byers 
District Constituent Outreach Specialist 
 State Representative Katharine Watson’s Office 
144th Legislative District of Pennsylvania 
1432 Easton Road 
Warrington, PA 18976 



State Representative Katharine Watson, of the 144th Legislative District of Pennsylvania, has asked A Hero’s Welcome to be a part of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration program in Chalfont, PA. Representative Watson, A Hero’s Welcome will be HONORED to be there to give our Vietnam Veterans the Welcome Home they never received!! There will be over 100 Heroes at this ceremony…that’s right!…over 100! An AHW certificate and a MSAWI Star for our Troops will be given to each Hero in attendance. In addition, there will be a pinning ceremony. We will have the opportunity to give these Vietnam Veterans…our HEROES…the Welcome Home that is LONG OVERDUE!

Come join us in Chalfont to show these Veterans how special they are.

Rally time: 6:00pm
Rally location: Byers Choice
4355 County Line Road
Chalfont, PA 

*The program begins at 6:30pm.

Any questions…contact Brenda at OR Elin at

10/30/2016 – WH – Veterans of the VEJ Program at St. Joe’s University


More photos from the Veterans Entreprenerial Ceremony:

A Hero’s Welcome has once again been invited by our friend Ralph Galati to Welcome Home the Veterans participating in Cohort II of the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart Program at St. Joe’s University. This has been in the works for some time. Ralph, 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.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!
The program will begin at approx. 11:00am.

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

Any questions please contact Brenda at or Elin at

10/29/2016 – 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Program – West Chester, PA

A Hero’s Welcome has been requested by Senator Killion, of the 9th Senatorial District, to participate in the Chester County 50th Vietnam War Commemoration Program honoring our Heroes. We look forward to honoring our Heroes and thanking them with our AHW certificate and MSAWI Stars for our Troops! This is a great opportunity to give our Vietnam Veterans their long overdue Welcome Home! This special program will also include a pinning ceremony.

Come and shake hands with our Heroes!
See ya there!!

Rally location: West Chester High School – parking lot (specific location forthcoming)
450 Ellis Lane
West Chester, PA 19380

Rally time: 1:30 pm
Program begins at 2:00pm.

Any questions…contact Brenda at OR Elin at

DE Chair of Honor dedication 11/11/16, Elsmere, DE

A Hero’s Welcome will take part in the dedication of the Chair of Honor which will be placed in front of the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere, Delaware. The chair is being donated by Dan Kapitanik, Delaware Patriot Guard State Captain.


Chair of Honor

Since World War I more than 94,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for. The unoccupied chair is dedicated to the memory of these brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made in serving our country.

Patrick J. Hughes ” To all who see them,” he says, “the empty chairs are an instant reminder of all the sacrifices made for our country by these missing Americans who have for too long been forgotten by all but their immediate families and close friends.”

Delaware already has quite a few of these Chair of Honor placed and we will continue to place them to make sure THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

Dedication:November 11, 2016
Where: Veterans Hospital 
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
TIME: 1:30 PM

Welcome Home, Thank you for your service.

DE Veteran’s Day Ceremony 11/11/16 Wilmington, DE

Photos from today’s events:

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A Hero’s Welcome Delaware will join Patriot Guard Riders in the Delaware Memorial Bridge ( : I-295 & Route 9, Wilmington, DE 19801) on Veteran’s Day.

Ceremony to take place at 9 am.

Prior to the ceremony we will assist in picking up the Resident Veterans at the Veterans Hospital in Elsmere, escorting the buses to the Delaware Memorial Bridge where we will hold a flag line. After the ceremony we will escort them back to the hospital and have lunch with the residents. This is a mission we do every year together with Patriot Guard.

Thank you Dan Kapitanik, Delaware State Captain.

11/6/16 Philadelphia Veterans Parade, Philadelphia, PA



A Hero’s Welcome, come out and join the parade!!! We will have our super AHW float and Curt’s Patriotic PT Cruiser rolling down the streets of Philadelphia in honor of the Philadelphia area Veterans. This is a great opportunity for all chapters to join in this very big event!.Watch this site for rally locations and time.

Rally Time: TBA/ approx 11:30 am

Parade Starts at 12:00 PM

Please contact us at if you plan on walking with us in the parade. Thank you!

Photos from last years parade: