6/24/18 Mug and Hug Vet’s Journey Home Graduation Reading, PA

Rally Point:
Rite Aid
670 Philadelphia Ave
Reading, PA 19607

Rally Time:1400  (2:00 pm)
KSU:1420   (2:20 pm)

Vets Journey Home
 has invited us join them in honoring  6 Veterans who will be completing the VJH retreat.

A Hero’s Welcome is honored and humbled to be a part of this very important moment in the lives of the Veterans participating in VJH. It is a time of healing, renewal, and a fresh start and we, of course, will be there for these heroes.


The Vets Journey home retreat is a weekend of honoring and healing for Veterans, both combat and non-combat Veterans.
Each weekend retreat culminates in a Graduation ceremony and celebration honoring each Veteran participant.

We love participating in this portion of the retreat. A Hero’s Welcome presents the Veterans with our certificates of appreciation, the MSAWI Stars for our Troops and then, the honorees walk to their graduation. It’s a weekend of healing in so many aspects. Each Veteran gets something personal out of it that they will carry with them forever. I’m very grateful that we can be a part of this healing.

Warriors’ Watch Riders and A Hero’s Welcome will ride to the destination where the Veterans will be outside waiting for us. Please consider attending this mission if you haven’t yet, it’s heartwarming. even on a hot day!!!  Please respond if you will be attending and would like to present our certificates to the Veterans.  Thank you!

to learn more about Vets Journey Home please visit their site: http://www.VetsJourneyHome.org


6/15/18 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony Sanatoga, PA

6/15/18 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony (Sanatoga )Pottstown, PA

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony
Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m.
Berean Bible Church, 2675 E. High St., Sanatoga, PA 19464

A Hero’s Welcome will join Reps. Tim Hennessey, Marcy Toepel and Tom Quigley as we honor veterans who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Any veteran living in the 26th, 146th or 147th districts who served on active duty in the Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, is eligible to attend and receive a special pin and certificates of recognition.

A Hero’s Welcome members, please attend this mission and take part in presenting our certificate to the Vietnam Veterans. 

6/8/18 Ionic Lodge #31 and Legion of Honor – POW MIA Chair Dedication New Castle, DE

Friday June 8, 2018

Time:  7:00 PM

Nur Shrine Center 198 South DuPont Highway (Route 13 & 40 split)

New Castle, Delaware

Please join us as the Ionic Lodge #31 and Legion of Honor as they dedicate a POW MIA Chair of Honor at the Nur Shrine (Temple) and also doing an “Empty Chair” degree.
It is our HONOR to be part of 2 amazing ceremonies. Refreshments will be served after the ceremonies. All are welcome, bring your families, groups, organization to witness this amazing event. We have a full night planned. Starting with the POW MIA Chair of Honor Dedication, Speaker Col Blevins and Dennis Schulz (Handshake Journey) he will be coming in from Wisconsin for this event. Following the dedication the Legion of Honor will be doing their Empty Chair Degree. We will be having the Legion Fife and Drums, DSP Color Guard and Pipes and Drums, VFW Post #475 doing the Volleys, Aidan Peterson playing TAPS, Rebecca Bristow signing the National Anthem and the Imagination Players singing our branches of the Military. It’s going to be an AWESOME evening….come join us…..

6/1/18 Welcome Home 261 Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Delaware Air National Guard Smyrna, DE

We have been invited by Adjutant General Carol Timmons in giving A Hero’s Welcome to 19 members of the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the the Delaware Air National Guard on June 1st, 2018 at 10 am.
The ceremony will take place at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive, Smyrna, Delaware.

Date: June 1, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM
Location:  Smyrna Readiness Center 103 Artisan Drive Smyrna, DE

Bring your 3×5 flags.

Announcement: Passing of James Charles Gumper, brother of Karen Crawford, Assistant National Director of American Warriors’ Watch Coalition

James Charles “Jimmy” Gumpper passed away, suddenly, on May 23, 2018 at the age of 54. Loving father of Samantha, Abigail, Emily and Katherine Gumpper; beloved son of Carol and James G. Gumpper, Jr.; dear brother of Karen Crawford (Bob) and Michael Gumpper (Paula). Also survived by many nieces, nephews and his dog, Fritz. Jimmy was employed by P.G.W. for over 20 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jimmy’s Life Celebration Tuesday, May 29th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 30th, from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at John F. Givnish Funeral Home, 10975 Academy Rd., Phila. and to his Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m., at Church of St. Christopher, 13301 Proctor Rd., Phila. Interment Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Langhorne.

6/16/18 Flag Line at 25th Annual SGT Charles Michael Steadman Golf Tournament Harleysville, PA

RALLY :WAWA @ Sumneytown PK & RT 63 Kulpsville, Pa

We have been asked to stand a flag line at the 25th Annual SGT Charles Michael Steadman Memorial Golf Tournament. This event, in its 25th year, honors the memory of SGT Steadman, who was taken away from us tragically in an automobile accident  and as you can read below, the tournament supports four scholarships and supports the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fisher House, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House for military families and the Wounded Warriors. .

Our flag line is to be in place at 1300 hours for the opening ceremony and singing of the National anthem. We, the WWR and A Hero’s Welcome will honor Sgt Steadman’s memory, and we will thank Chris for Honoring His Brother.


Here is a short bio on our HERO:
SGT Charles Michael Steadman Jr., a veteran of the armed forces of the United States of America, was killed in a car accident outside Fort Campbell, Kentucky on August 31, 1993. His wife was critically injured and is still recovering in the York, PA area. His family and friends to keep his memory alive established the CMS Foundation weeks after his death. Supported by donations and an Annual Golf Tournament, it finances four scholarships and supports the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fisher House, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House for military families and the Wounded Warriors.
The scholarships are established at Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania Army National Guard Units at the Spring City Armory, C.T.E. Allied Health Programs at Montgomery and Chester County and also Phoenixville Area High School. The scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the traits and accomplishments similar to Michael. The Army National Guard scholarship is given to a Soldier/Student continuing their education while serving in the US Armed Forces. The Lock Haven University scholarship is given to a graduating Lock Haven University student who demonstrates academic and service excellence and is entering Lock Haven’s Physician’s Assistant Program. The Phoenixville Area High School and C.T.E. Allied Health Program scholarships are given to a graduating senior who demonstrated academic, athletic and service excellence and who will attend a school of higher learning in a health related field.
Michael was born in Statesville, North Carolina and grew up in Crofton, Maryland then Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He attended Phoenixville Area High School and was a standout place-kicker on the football team. He was very active in community service work and was a friend to all who knew him. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club and was involved in their many community service projects. Michael volunteered as a trainer for his high school football teams and instructed the specialty teams. Michael was of good Christian faith, kind, good-hearted, generous, had a great sense of humor, and always willing to help others. Michael cared about people and he loved his country. Michael served six years at the Pennsylvania Army National Guard Armory, Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 213th Air Defense Artillery located in Spring City, PA before enlisting into the United States Army at Ft. Campbell, KY.
Michael graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Allied Health Science. He was a certified personal trainer and an emergency medical technician (EMT). He was extremely active in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and spent many hours helping others through their community service work. He and his wife, Stephanie, were married on June 21, 1993, four days after Michael’s 29th birthday.
Michael was stationed at 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky with the Medic Platoon, Headquarters Co., 3rd Battalion, and 502nd Infantry Regiment. He was a platoon leader and assigned to the Scout Platoon (better known as the Recon Unit) because of his extraordinary physical ability and knowledge of the human body. He was an outstanding soldier and cared about his fellow soldiers. He was scheduled to start Ranger School in October 1993 when this tragic event occurred. Michael was a graduate of the Air Assault School while stationed at Fort Benning, GA. Also he graduated at the Combat Medic School, Advanced Individual Training (AIT): Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He earned the National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Air Assault Badge. He was an expert in rifle, pistol, and grenade. He was awarded the Army Achievement Commendation Medal for saving Soldiers lives during his mission in Puerto Rico.

This hero’s legacy is kept alive by his brother Chris, by remembering him every year at this golf tournament. The event will be held on June 16th, 2018, at the Lederach Golf Club, in Harleysville Pa.


UPDATE: 6/3/18 Mug & Hug Joseph P. Tepedino WW II, Limerick, PA changed to Pottstown, PA

A Hero’s Welcome and The Warriors’ Watch Riders have been asked by Joe Tepedino’s daughter and Heather from Operation Ward 57’s Honor & Courage Program for our famous Mug and Hug. We have been requested to stop by Joe’s daughter’s home in the Limerick PA and say Thank You for Your Service.

Date: Sunday 6/3/2018
Rally Time: 12:30pm
Rally Location:

Date: Sunday 6/3/2018
Rally Time: 12:30pm
Rally Location: 14 W. Lightcap Road Pottstown, PA 19464

Costco Parking Lot (back parking area by Chick Filet) Copy and Paste Link below into your browser


Joseph P. Tepedino

Joe was born in 1926 in Staten Island New York, then at two years of age the family moved to Brooklyn where he grew up. At 17 years of age, Joe joined the United States Army on Nov. 11th 1944 and was honorably discharged on Nov. 11th 1946 after serving in WWII.

During his tenure in the Army, Joe moved up to the rank of Sgt. and served in WWII in the European and Asiatic Pacific Theater of Operations for a total of 18 months. Joe traveled to New Guinea, Italy and finally Japan during WWII and received several commendations. One from President Harry S. Truman which thanked Joe for answering the call of duty to his country and serving the Armed Forces to bring about the total defeat of the enemy.

Joe returned back to civilian life where he was a carpenter/contractor until his retirement. He also enjoyed playing baseball, hockey, and basketball and coached into his later years in life, then transitioned into watching his son and grandchildren play various sports.

Since his relocation from New York to Limerick PA, Joe has been involved with his community and has served on the HOA board, serving as past board member and president. Joe is very active and vocal when it comes to his community being the best it can be.