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

PA Jan 14, 2017

Harold J Copeland,Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired presented our AHW Certificate to his friend, Gregory Scafidi, U S Army

” On behalf of the organization, A Hero’s Welcome, I presented this award to you today, Saturday, January 14, 2017, for your exemplary and honorable service to our country. God bless you.”

Thank you Harold for continuing the work of AHW!

12/17/2016 – PA Welcome Home and Escort for Sergeant Matthew Pellegrini, USMC PHL to Trevose, PA


Thanks to all who came out in the icy cold elements to give Sgt. Matt Pelligrini a                

                                                  WARM Welcome HOME!!!

Pics from Matt’s Welcome Home by Brenda, thanks Brenda!


Special thanks to Philadelphia Airport Police, Phila PD Traffic and Lower Southampton PD.

A Hero’s Welcome members and supporters and fellow Patriots…

It’s an early one!…It’s an airport arrival!…It’s a Welcome Home!!…It’s an Escort!

We have been requested, by the proud family of Sergeant Matthew (Matt) Pelligrini, USMC, to Welcome Home and Escort their son, brother, boyfriend and nephew…OUR HERO back to his hometown of Trevose!! They can’t wait for his return.

Matt is a Field Radio Operator in the United States Marine Corps. During his 4 years of service Matt has had 2 deployments in Afghanistan. He is returning home to spend the holidays with his loved ones….the first one in a while. He was unable to spend the previous holiday season due to a deployment.

Our Hero has received the following awards:
Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
NATO-ISAF Afghanistan Medal
Global War on Terrorism Medal
Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Come out and join A Hero’s Welcome as we thank this Marine for his service to our great county!
He’s been out in the sandbox for us…we can be at the airport for him!

Remember to bring your 3×5 flag – if you have one.

For any of our new members, this would be a great way to experience what A Hero’s Welcome does and to Welcome Home a hero during the holiday season.

Rally location: FB69
4411 82nd Street
Philadelphia, PA
(near the intersection of 82nd Street and Bartram Ave)

Rally time: 5:15 am (0515 hrs)
KSU to PHL: 5:45 am (0545 hrs)

** Check back to this posting for any time change as we get closer to the date.

Please post if you are planning to attend!! call the AHW Hotline  484-679-1717 for updates or changes

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

DE December 12, 2016 Honor Mission for M.Sgt. Perry Bratcher, U.S.A.F. Dover

A very sad time for AHW-DE and Patriot Guards as we lost a great friend, patriot and all around good guy, he will be truly missed by all.

Funeral for M.Sgt. Perry Bratcher U.S.A.F. De. PGR 12 Dec. 2016
The Delaware Patriot Guard Riders have lost a true brother, Veteran and Patriot. While there is sorrow here among his friends and family, GOD has found a new calling for Perry. Perry was one of the good ones and his leaving us so soon is great cause for sorrow.
While the Delaware Patriot Guard requests all its members to try to make this Mission to say good bye to our friend and brother, we encourage all members of likeminded affiliate groups to please join us as we say goodbye.
Dover details:
0930hrs Staging at the Dover Home Depot, on Rt13, parking lot
KSU promptly at 1000hrs
There will be a flag line at Wesley Methodist Church, 209 S State St Dover followed by an escort to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear and a flag line here.
Dress for the weather and DO NOT forget your flags.
Iron Horses preferred and cages are welcome.
Updates on other staging areas forthcoming as needed.
State Captain Dan Kapitanic
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsza … tuary.aspx

DE December 15, 2016 Wreaths Across America Smyrna, DE

AHW-DE have been asked by the Delaware Vietnam Veterans of America Gold Star Program to do a flag line and a WELCOME for the
Wreaths Across America truck convoy.
As the trucks make their way to Arlington National Cemetery, the The convoy will make a stop at:
Smyrna, Delaware, Rest Area,
Pavilion I (5500 North DuPont Highway, Smyrna, DE 19977)
When: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 11:00 am.

This is the first time Delaware Vietnam Veterans of America Gold Star Program and representatives of Delaware Law Enforcement Community have joined forces to host a brief service of honor and remembrance.
The service will include a host of memorial themed activities to include the playing of the National Anthem, TAPS, and Amazing Grace by the Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums Corps. Junior ROTC members will escort Gold Star Families to reserved seating.
Join us in extending a warm thank you to the Wreaths Across America volunteers.
Please let me know if you would like to participate in the flag line, WELCOME and be a part of this beautiful ceremony.
For more information on Delaware Vietnam Veterans of America Gold Star Program Call 302-593-5991

Thank you,

DE 12/10/16 Operation Christmas Wish, Middletown, DE

Hogs and Heroes Delaware Chapter 2 -Operation Christmas Wish is now getting into full swing. We have 2 women’s shelters (about 40 woman) as well as 2 Veterans Homes (about 20) that we will be bringing Christmas cheer too. This along with countless families in the state of Delaware. If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in please contact Melanie or me and we can help give Christmas to the needy of Delaware!

Robin “Cherokee” Gilmore named Veteran of the Year in Pottstown

On Saturyday, Oct. 29 at Senator John Rafferty’s Annual “Veterans Appreciation Breakfast” at the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, our good friend, Robin ” Cherokee” Gilmore was named Veteran of the Year”!

As you all know,  Rob works tirelessy feeding, clothing and caring for homeless Vets with his friends at VCOP in Reading the 2nd Saturday of each month, rain or shine or snow with mini stand down, along with working to help Vets all year long in any way he can.  If Robin can’t do it, he knows someone who can!

I’d like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Robin for all he does for the Veterans of our area, it’s an honor to call you friend!

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