UPDATE!!! PA 03/23/18 Welcome Home SGT Louis S. DeVito, PHL to Boothwyn, PA

Thank you to everyone who made this welcome home complete! Boothwyn and Reliance Fire Companies, Boothwyn Police, Chichester Board of Commisioners and Boothwyn American Legion Post 951. 


Photos by Jeff Bikerider Story, thank you Jeff!


















RALLY LOCATION: FIREBASE 69  8201 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153. KSU 11:30AM.  Escort to Boothwyn Pa











This posting is a heads up that we are awaiting final information on the return home of SGT Louis S. DeVIto, 3rd Medical Command deployment support.
SGT DeVito will be coming home from Afghanistan after serving in defense of our great nation in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. He just arrived in Texas from Qatar. After debriefing he will be returning to Philadelphia.
A Hero’s Welcome will join the Warriors’ Watch Riders to escort  Louis and his VERY EXCITED FAMILY from PHL to Boothwyn.
I will update our website as soon as date and flight information become available.

​Let’s get ready to do what we do best!! Bring the hero’s home in style!!!

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March 1-2 & 3, 2018 POW MIA Flag 50 State Tour Delaware

The POW/MIA flag is making the rounds through each of our 50 states. So far it has traveled through 30 states. Delaware is getting our turn on March 1-3, 2018!!!


The POW/MIA flag is making the rounds through each of our 50 states. So far it has traveled through 30 states. Delaware is getting our turn on March 1-3, 2018. We will receive this reverent POW/MIA flag that started it’s tour from Grundy, Virginia on September 23, 2017. The purpose of the POW FLAG TOUR is to educate the public about American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. To carry forward the message “You are not forgotten”. To support the effort to bring them all home. To draw national attention and awareness that since WW II there are 83,000 “still missing” members of our military that are unaccounted for. We invite you to join us on this journey through Delaware on this tour. There will be a book available to be signed by all supporters; later this year these two items will be added to the Smithsonian Institute in DC. Find us on facebook at A Hero’s Welcome Delaware and feel free to tag the event with #powflagtourDE.

Thursday, March 1
9 am Troop 2 Ceremony receive Flag from State of Maryland
(100 Lagrange Avenue, Newark, DE 19702)
11:30am Mission BBQ in Dover ( 365 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901)
1 pm Dover Downs Hotel & Casino – The Colonnade – Dover� (1131 N. DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901)
4 pm Dunleith Community – front of Coleman Memorial United Church
(465 1/2 Anderson Dr, New Castle, DE 19801)
7 pm Nur Temple – 198 S. Dupont Highway
(198 S. Dupont Hwy. New Castle, DE 19720)

Friday, March 2
9 am University of Delaware Trebant Center (2-54 S.College Ave, Newark, DE)
11:30 am Delaware Technical College, Stanton Campus
2 pm St. George’s Technical School – Middletown Delaware
(555 Hyett’s Corner Rd. Middletown, DE 19709)

Saturday, March 3
10-12noon HMD Sporting Gear – Lewes, Delaware
(18289 Olde Coach Dr. Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971) behind Panera’s
1 pm Rally at Rommel’s Harley Davidson- (2160 New Castle Ave, New Castle, DE)
3 pm Delaware Memorial Bridge Park – Ceremony Flag passed to New Jersey
(Interstate 295 and Rt. 9) Pending confirmation

Address any questions to Rosely Robinson at *protected email* or 302-530-4984


Delaware‎ Former POW to get A Hero’s Welcome Home

Former POW to receive A Hero’s Welcome Home thanks to Rebecca Bristow who met him on Rehoboth Beach’s boardwalk
The family of former POW and purple heart recipient PVT Bayard Horn have requested
A Hero’s Welcome Delaware to honor him with a Hero’s Welcome Home.
And that is just what we will do.Bayard Horn grew cup in Wilmington, Delaware, attended Conrad High School, he was drafted before his graduation in 1943. At 18 he went to boot camp in Fort Hood in Texas and was shipped to Casablanca, Morocco, then to Italy where he served with the Army’s 36th Infantry. After liberating Rome in June 1944 his unit was involved in the invasion of southern France. In August of 1944 his entire company was surrounded and captured by the Germans. They were loaded onto unmarked boxcars headed to POW German camps. During one of the raids, Horn and several other prisoners jumped out of a boxcar where he was hit by shrapnel on his leg. German doctors operated on his injured leg without anesthesia, in non-sanitary conditions, with no medicine. Unethical procedures, with the lack of proper nutrition caused Horn to suffer infections with no antibiotics being available to him his infection propelled worse. After a long struggle he eventually came under the care of a British POW doctor who took care of him on a regular basis. He almost lost his leg twice due to infections. The Red Cross eventually brought penicillin which helped save his lower leg. “But throughout life he never allowed the past to define his future” his daughter, Bonnie stated.
On April 29-30 of 1945 the Army 14th Armored Division liberated the largest German POW camp near Moosburg, Germany, Horn was among 80,000-100,000 other allied prisoners freed.
Following his liberation, he was sent to Camp Lucky Strike in France and then sent back to the US where he was admitted to an Orangeburg New York hospital for a month to help aid him in the recovery process from his injuries.
After the war Horn married his childhood sweetheart, Violet in 1946 and the couple had two children. They moved to Rehoboth in 1971. Violet passed away in 2013.
On Veterans Day 2014 Horn finally received a purple heart for his heroism in World War II, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, presented by his friend and Vietnam Veteran (1963-66), Denny Aylor. Aylor navigated military bureaucracy for seven years in order to get his friend the purple heart. This metal was 70 years coming but he never gave up hope in getting his neighbor the metal he earned and deserved.
Horn resides in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where he enjoys spending time at the VFW and spending time with his caregiver and friend Doreen and her husband Shawn and his large loving family. Bayard Horn is a well loved father, grandfather and great grandfather.
His daughter said that her father rarely talks about his experienced during the war. Her father was featured in a photo in Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation”. She said “He is a true American Hero who has been through a lot and never complained.

Please join Rebecca Bristow with A Hero’s Welcome Delaware in giving our local HERO the WELCOME HOME he deserves!

Please join us:

WHEN: Saturday February 3, 2018
101 State Road
Rehaboth Beach, DE 19971

TIME: 12:30 PM

SNJ 1/13/18 Honor Mission for Daniel J. Lowry, United States Air Force Williamstown, NJ

SNJ 1/13 H/M USAF Daniel J. Lowry

Rally: BELL-HENNESSY FUNERAL HOME, 420 S. Main Street, Williamstown
Rally Time: 0900
Flag line in place by: 0920

Remember 3×5 Flags

Escort following Mass

Warriors’ Watch Riders SNJ have posted this mission.  All are welcome to pay honor to this American Hero.


Following Will be Mass @ OUR Lady Of Grace Parish( St Marys) After Mass We Will Escort To Gloucester County VETERANS Memorial Cemetery For
Air Force Honors Burial PLEASE BRING YOUR FLAGS !!!!!

Daniel J. Lowry
August 25, 1983 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 34)

Daniel J. Lowry, 34, of Williamstown, passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 after a brief illness.
Daniel served his country honorably for the United States Air Force during the Iraqi Freedom War in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received many prestigious awards during the nine years he served in active duty. Most notably, Daniel was a member of the Raven Security Forces on Air Force Two. This past June, Daniel achieved a great honor receiving his BA in Criminal Justice from Strayer University.
Loving son of Thomas Lowry III and Michele Lowry. Loving grandson of Thomas and the late Maureen Lowry Jr. and the late Joseph and Gloria Rich. Dear brother of Joseph Lowry, Kevin Lowry and the late Thomas Lowry IV. Beloved boyfriend of Denielle D’Amore. Also surviving are many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday, January 13th from 9:30 – 11:30 AM at the BELL-HENNESSY FUNERAL HOME, 420 S. Main Street, Williamstown. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12:00 PM at Our Lady of Peace Parish / St. Mary’s Church, Main St. & Carroll Ave., Williamstown. Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Gloucester County Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Williamstown.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans @ http://www.dav.org.
Condolences and memoires may be shared online @ http://www.bell-hennessy.com.
There’s still time to send flowers to the Viewing at the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on January 13, 2018.
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AHW NNJ First-ever ‘Adopt a Vet’ Program Brightens Christmas for 88 Veterans



Video of participants and gifts collected!




DE 1/19/18 Operation Finally Home and Notes of Love, Milton, DE

DATE: Jan. 19, 2018

Time: 8:00 am -11:00am

Location: Red Fox Run, Milton, Delaware


Please join A Hero’s Welcome Delaware and Operation Finally Home at this wonderful event!

UPDATE !  Dedication Day Jan. 19, 2018

UPDATE: We stopped by the house been built for the O’Brien family. We received an invitation to stop by and see the progress along with the invitation for the NOTES OF LOVE.

Update on the Operation FINALLY HOME project in the community of Red Fox Run in Milton. They are now in the framing part of the house.

Hello AHW-DE,

In August of 2017, I was invited to a ground breaking for a home being build and donated to Sgt. Shawn O’Brien and family (Wounded Warrior) through project Operation Finally Home, the home is being built by The Lewes Building Company.   Last week, I received a letter from The Lewes Buiding Co.I am sharing this with all of you to give you an opportunity to join in “Notes of Love.”  If you can’t make it down to Milton that day, you can email or mail me a note.  The Lewes Co. will collect the written notes and cards on the day of the ceremony (January 19, 2018) and will include them in a memory book for the family. I hope you will join in wishing the O’Brien’s many years of happiness in their new home.  This is open to all your friends and family members, please spread the word and let’s get as many letters as we can.


Dear Rosely,

I hope this finds you well as we approach the end of the year.  I just wanted to update you on the Operation FINALLY HOME project in the community of Red Fox Run in Milton.  We are in framing now and hope to continue to move through this build quickly.

One of the events that the organization plans is “Notes of Love”.  The Lewes Building Company will be hosting this event on site (lot 47, Red Fox Run) on Friday, January 19th from 8am-11am.

We will provide coffee and doughnuts if you would like to stop by and deliver a handwritten note or sign a stud before we close in with drywall. The purpose of the Notes of Love is to offer well wishes, a personal reflection (about your own service or perhaps what the military means to you), a poem or prayer.  It can also be a handwritten note on a stud of the home and does not have to be formal. The O’Briens will be there mid-morning I believe.

Please forward this invitation to other members of your organization or company – specifically to the members of your company/organization who are directly involved with this build and/or who have served our country in the military.

There will be one more event related to this build – the dedication of the home.  I will be sure to keep you updated on that as well.

Thank you VERY much for your support on this very special project!

For our Troops & Veterans

Rosely Robinson

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware

12/23/17 UPDATE! Escort / Welcome Home New Jersey Turnpike to Manhattan, NYC

This surprise mission was TOP SECRET by the orders of FOX NEWS and our NNJ Chapter Director, Rose Pagan!  This Escort and Welcome Home was for PO 3rd Class Ellwynn Miranda, US Navy was the surprise guest at Fox and Friends… even surprising his family! Thank you to the Warriors’ Watch Riders, Blue Knights and the New Jersey State Police.. oh! and of course Rose Pagan and FOX and FRIENDS!! YOU Rocks!

After the show! Lunch with our sailor’s family The Miranda’s…..Hakensack, NJ celebrating Ellwyn’s home coming for Christmas.





UPDATE!! NEW RALLY TIME: 7:15 am / KSU 7:45 am
Watch our site www.aheros-welcome.org or call 484-679-1717 for for updates or changes
Northern New Jersey Warriors’ Watch Riders will be escorting a Serviceman presently deployed overseas from the Vince Lombardi Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike to an undisclosed “surprise” location in Manhattan. All are welcome to attend and I hope to see you there.
The New Jersey State Police once again have graciously agreed to escort us to the Tunnel.
Date: Saturday December 23rd
Rally Point: Vince Lombardi Service Area NJTP
Rally Time: 7:15 am KSU 7:45 am
If it rains we will cage it. (use cars instead of motorcycles).
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12/22/17 Mug n Hug for Alec Michael Bermes, US Army Philadelphia, PA

UPDATED Rally Point: I-95 and Allegheny Ave ( under overpass )

TIME: 18:15 (6:15pm)
KSU: 18:50 (6:50 pm)

Time:  6: 15 PM
Date:  12/22/17

A Hero’s Welcome will be joining the Warriors’ Watch Riders to fullfil the request of  proud Grandfather and Navy Veteran, William Castillo.  William would like to honor his grandson,  Alec Michael Bermes. Alec is a 21 year old Port Richmond resident who graduated from Franklin Town Charter High School with Honors and received a full scholarship to Holy Family University. Alec is also the proud father of his three year old daughter Raelyn. Alec joined the Army National Guard and graduated from boot camp at Fort Still,  Oklahoma.  He is currently training at San Antonio Texas, Fort Sam Houston, for combat medic training. Alec will be home for the holidays and his grandfather would like WWR to do one of their famous welcome home and Hug and Mugs at their Port Richmond residence on Friday, December 22, at approx. 1900 hrs..

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.”