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

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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.


UPDATE! 6/2/18 Mug n Hug for Chas Gorman, USMC Vietnam Vet, Broomall, PA

Thank you Captain Dan and all who made this Mug n Hug so special for our HERO!  Happy Birthday Chas, Semper Fi!

photos by Eileen Manning, thank you Eileen!

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A Hero’s Welcome and the Warriors’ Watch Riders will be honoring Vietnam Veteran Chas Gorman , USMC on his 70th birthday! 

Capt. Dan O’Kane told us that on June 2 , 2018 the family of Chas and His Wife , Mary Anne are having a surprise 70th birthday party for BOTH Chas and Mary Anne .

At this party, held at their daughter’s home, we are also going to surprise this

Viet Nam Veteran !!! 

Chas grew up in Southwest Philly, graduated from John Bartram High School, enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1967. As a Corporal (BEST RANK IN THE MARINE CORPS!) he served in Viet Nam for 9 months. In 1968 he received a Honorable Discharge from the Marines. He and his wife live in Upper Darby .

Thank you Captain Dan for going that extra mile for our Hero! attached is a Citation Dan requested from the PA House of Representatives for Chas.

Rally Point: McDonalds 2601 West Chester Pike Broomall . Pa.  19008

Rally Time: 5:30 pm 

Thank you,

 Captain Dan, USN .

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

6/2/18 Attention Military Families ! Willow Grove, PA

Rep. Tom Murt and the Willow Grove Home Depot have put together another great “Information Day” for Military Families and Veterans. Come on out, tell your friends… there will be lots of food and fun for the family.  This is always a great source of support for our Military families, please pass the word to a military family you may know.

A Hero’s Welcome will have an information table set up, if you’d like to join in and help represent our organization, please let me know!

Date: Sat. June 2, 2018

Time: 9am-1:30 pm 
Rally Location – Home Depot
2250 Easton Rd
Willow Grove Pa 19090

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 Âlim1532291366.ald@1532291366yllih1532291366pstev1532291366rawma1532291366nteiv1532291366
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.