5/4 and 5/5 Carry the Load Comes thru Delaware! Please come out to support this event

Carry the Load

Rally5/4 and 5/5 here is the schedule for the state.


Rally in Delaware is at the CHASE BANK….201 N. Walnut Street Wilmington, DE 19801

more of the East Coast Route can be viewed below:


Rally is 4-6 PM If you know of anyone near these other points please notifying them of this important even!



5/30/17 Wilmigton’s Memorial Day Parade


AHW-DE has been invited to once again take part in the Wilmington’s Memorial Day Parade and we will do just that……..here is our invitation from the chairman Thomas Kenney:

On behalf of Wilmington’s Memorial Day Committee, I would like to invite you and your organization to march in Wilmington’s 2017 Memorial Day parade.

This year marks the 150th consecutive observance of the traditional Memorial Day, May 30, in Wilmington.

The tradition began in 1868, when a group of New Castle County citizens formed a Memorial Day Committee, to honor those who died in the Civil War.

We feel it is important, as we know you do, to pass on the tradition of honoring those who have given their lives for our country.

The parade lines up 5:15 p.m., steps off at 6:00 p.m., May 30, on Delaware Ave. at Woodlawn Ave.. Participants march east down Delaware Avenue to the Civil War Monument at Broom St., where we honor the dead of all wars with a memorial service.

Your participation in our parade will be a tribute to those who have died for our country. For your convenience, our participation form follows.

Please join us


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Welcome Home, Thank you for your service.

5/26/17 Lord Baltimore Elementary School Memorial Day Meaning Ceremony, Ocean View, DE

For our 4th year we have been asked to help the students and staff of Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, Delaware for the ceremony of the TRUE MEANING of Memorial Day. Every year Elizabeth Helm teaches the children the meaning of this very special day. The kids are wonderful, patriotic and a joy. This school does a great job to bringing back the meaning of the holiday. Carry the Load will be one of the topics they will be hearing about this year at the ceremony.

Where: Lord Baltimore Elementary School
120 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean View, DE 19970

Time: 2 PM


5/3/17 Carry the Load comes through PA Please come out to support

A Hero’s Welcome has once again been requested by the Carry the Load organization to participate in the 2017 East Coast Route, traveling from West Point, NY to Dallas, TX in about 30 days! We will be honored! But this one is even more special… Esther and Len Wolfer, our friends, partners, and AHW family members, have asked AHW to spread the word and join this year’s Carry The Load event in memory of their son, Major Stuart Adam Wolfer.

For those of you who are not familiar with Carry The Load, it was started by two former Navy Seal veterans. What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has broadened to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all American’s together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day.

Where:         Yardley Boro Veterans Monument.
Intersection of River Road (PA32) and East Afton Avenue (PA )                                             Yardley, PA  19067
When:           Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Rally Time: 4pm (times may vary due to pace of participants)
For details about this event, please click the link below:

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Home of the Free Because of the Brave!
God Bless the U.S.A!

05/21/2017 SEVC 2nd Annual Parade – Spring City, PA

AHW members, supporters and all patriots… join us for the SEVC 2nd Annual Parade!!

Last year AHW was proud to participate and march for our veterans!

We’ve been asked to join and celebrate again!

Hope to see you all there! Look for our AHW banner!

Rally Point:
1 Veteran’s Drive
Spring City, PA 19475

Rally Time: 11:45 AM
Staging Time: 12 Noon
Parade Time: 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Rain Date: Sunday, June 4, 2017

* parade will be marching around SEVC center, approx. 1 mile.

Please post on this forum if you plan on attending.

Any questions contact Brenda@aheros-welcome.org or elin@aheros-welcome.org

05/07/2017 Freedom Steps 5k – Masons Mill Park, Huntingdon Valley, PA

Heather Salazar, President of Freedom Steps, has once again invited A Hero’s Welcome to participate in the 2017 Freedom Steps 5k.

“Freedom Steps is a community, heartfelt tribute to the men and women who are on the front lines everyday defending our country. Some may walk, some may run, but we all participate in every type of weather. The armed forces don’t stop protecting our freedoms just because it is raining or chilly outside. For everyone involved, this event is a show of dedication that regardless of politics, we all support our men and women in uniform and are so very grateful for what they do for us.”

All AHW members, supporters and patriots are welcome to attend.

Rally Point:
Masons Mill Park
3500 Masons Mill Rd
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Rally Time: 8:30 AM
National Anthem at 8:45 AM
Run/Walk begins at 9:15 AM


AHW will be partnering with MSAWI for their 8th ANNIVERSARY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY
Sunday, April 30, 2017
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!
Please post on this forum. www.aheros-welcome.org/forum

Any questions please contact Brenda….brenda@aheros-welcome.org or Elin …. elin@aheros-welcome.org

UPDATE: Announcement of the Passing of Edward ” Tug” Devine 1/29/17 NJ WWR and AHW

http://www.gardnerfuneralhome.com/home/ … h_id=12431

Funeral Arrangements have been made for Edward “Tug” Devine.
A celebration of life will be held at 2pm on Feb. 4, 2017

A Hero’s Welcome will join Tug’s family and many friends in a flag line to honor his years of service as a first responder and honoring our Military and Veterans.

Please bring your 3×5 American Flag at the Gardner Funeral Home in Runnemede, NJ


Saturday, February 04, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede
126 S. Black Horse Pike
Runnemede, New Jersey 08078

Memorial Service
Saturday, February 04, 2017
2:00 PM
Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede
126 S. Black Horse Pike
Runnemede, New Jersey 08078


It is with great sadness that I send you this announcement of the passing of our dear friend, confidant and mentor… Edward “Tug” Devine.

Tug has been a wonderful friend to A Heros’ Welcome,  he will be terribly missed and we will never forget his friendship.  Tug was always the ‘voice of reason’ with advice for A Hero’s Welcome.. carefully evaluating the situation and giving guidance that was always good for all involved, most of all.. Good for the Troops we were here to support.  I can’t remember an event held in New Jersey that Tug didn’t attend, even when he wasn’t feeling well… and he’d suprise us in PA and Delaware too…he was working for the Troops.  He was totally selfless and his leadership showed in the support he had from his friends and members of all the groups he worked with.

I will post information on Tug’s services on this site as soon as the arrangments are made but in the mean time, please keep Tug’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. His big boots will never be filled.  

Below are a few pictures of Tug that I hope will bring a smile to your face.. (I had a tough time finding pictures of him without a pretty girl on his arm.)

2/12/17 DELAWARE Major General Vavala change of command to Major General Carol Timmors

Photos by Silver Eagle, Jim Lowell.  Thank you Jim!



Patriot Guard Riders and A Hero’s Welcome Delaware have been invited to stand a flag line:

The Commander in Chief of the Delaware National Guard requests the pleasure of your company at a change of command ceremony Major General Francis D. Vavala

will relinquish his command of the Delaware National Guard to

Major General Carol A. Timmons.

WHEN: Saturday
DATE: 2/11/2017
Army Aviation Support Facility
33 Corporate Circle
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Reception immediately following
Stage at the Wawa located at the intersection of Rt 141 and Commons Blvd. Stage at 14:00 hrs with KSU at 14:30 hrs

Don’t forget your flags


Delaware 1/31/17 Retirement of Major General Frank Vavala

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware will be presenting Major General with A Certificate of Appreciation for his 50 years of service to the Delaware National Guard.

It has been an honor for all of us to stand flag lines and participate in deployments, WELCOME HOMEs to our troops, Veterans’ Day, Chair of Honor and all other events alongside Major General Frank Vavala.

He will be missed by all.

AHW-DE Chapter
Rosely Robinson