4/15/18 Welcome Ceremony for Veterans Entrepreneurship Cohort at Saint Joseph’s University

We will be presenting our certificates to 24 Veterans! 

It’s a very nice way to say thank you and “good luck” to the Veterans who were chosen to participate in this wonderful program. They will be given the tools to start their own business and better themselves and the lives of their families …starting the next exciting chapter in their lives.


A Hero’s Welcome has once again been invited by Hank Gillen, MBA Director, Office of Veterans Services, Saint Joseph’s University,

to Welcome Home the Veterans participating in Cohort III of the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart (VEJ) program at St. Joe’s University.

Hank, AHW is excited to join you for another opportunity to honor these Veterans! A Hero’s Welcome has had a great response to this mission each time we’ve done it. The Veterans, who come from across the country, love what we do and take the memory of this honor back home to share with loved ones. We look forward to these 24 Veterans sharing their A Hero’s Welcome experience when they get home.

Can’t wait to see you all there!!
The program will begin at approx. 11:15am.

Rally Time: 10:30am
Rally Location: Mandeville Hall on the campus of St. Joe’s University
Parking for Mandeville Hall is the lot at 54th Street & City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Driving Directions for Common Routes…

From the North:
New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6 (PA Turnpike
connector). Follow PA Turnpike to Rte.476 (Old Exit 25A/New Exit 20). Follow 476 South to
Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia. Follow Rte. 76 East to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue).
Follow two miles to SJU.

From the East:
From the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rte. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow Rte. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU.

From the South:
Interstate 95 North to 476 North. Follow 476 North to Exit 5 (Rte. 1). Follow Rte. 1 North to SJU
approximately 10 miles.

From the West:
PA Turnpike to Old Exit 24/New Exit 326 (Valley Forge). Follow Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU.

Any questions please contact *protected email* for more info / call 484-679-1717 for updates or changes.

5/30/18 POW / MIA Chair of Honor Dedication Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Untion Trappe, PA

The  Merck Sharp & Dohme Federal Credit Union have joined Rolling Thunder to again, dedicate a POW/ MIA Chair of Honor at their Trappe/Collegeville Branch.

Date: Wednesday May 30, 2018

Ceremony starts at 1:00 PM

Veterans and Patriots are invited to attend this ceremony. Please bring your 3×5 Amerian Flag.

“This Empty Chair will serve as an instant reminder of all the sacrifices made for ‘Our Country’ by these still missing American servicemen who have for too long been forgotten by all but their immediate families and some close friends”.

“America’s Veteran’s are the Purchasers’ of Peace and every Veteran has earned the Right, the Absolute Right to Come Home!”


For More Info: http://www.powmiachairofhonor.org/about.html

4/12/18 POW/MIA Chair of Honor Dedication at Night for Vets Allentown, PA

Date: 4/12/18
Time: 6:00 pm / Ceremony Starts at 6:25pm
Location: Coca-Cola Park 1050 IronPigs Way Allentown, PA  18109

On April 12, 2018, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Baseball Team would like to recognize some of our Veteran heroes who have fought for our freedom and we also remember those who lost their lives and those who became Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

At this ceremony, held prior to the opening game of the 2018 season, we will join together to unveil this meaningful memorial. The POW-MIA National Chair of Honor.

With the chair stands a plaque that reads: You Are Not Forgotten, Since World War II, more than 82,000 American soldiers are unaccounted for.

“This Empty Chair will serve as an instant reminder of all the sacrifices made for ‘Our Country’ by these still missing American servicemen who have for too long been forgotten by all but their immediate families and some close friends”.

“America’s Veteran’s are the Purchasers’ of Peace and every Veteran has earned the Right, the Absolute Right to Come Home!”

Rolling Thunder’s major function is to publicize the POW/MIA Issue. To educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all past wars. To help correct the past and to protect the future veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners Of War / Missing in Action. We are committed to helping American veterans from all wars.

More info about the POW / MIA issue: http://www.powmiachairofhonor.org/about.html

Link to purchase tickets: http://www.milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t1410


UPDATE: 5/6/18 Mug n Hug Request for Vietnam Veteran Joseph M. Tier, Jr. USMC Glenolden, PA


Delaware County Daily Times article by Pete  Bannan, Photographer
Daily Local News and Main Line Media News

thank you !!!


Changed to Wawa 1550 Chester Pike Folcroft, P.a.

Rally time:12:30 pm KSU 1:20 pm

A Hero’s Welcome, we’ve received a request to honor an American Hero and Vietnam Veteran on his upcoming birthday in May.  The family witnessed a welcome home we organized in Glenolden a year or two ago and Jane (our Hero’s wife)  knew she wanted to do the same for her HERO! OOORAH!!!

Jane,  A Hero’s Welcome and the Warriors’ Watch Riders would be honored to help you give Joe a big birthday surprise!

PVT Joseph M. Tier, Jr. USMC and Vietnam Veteran. Served from May 8, 1967 thru Sept. 16th 1969 2 yrs., 9 mo. and 28 days.

Bio supplied by Joe’s wife, Jane.

Joe served two tours in Vietnam on the USS Boston. He loaded the ammo 5” -8” for firing off the ship 5 miles from land 6 hours on and 6 hours off.  Joe’s awards include National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Metal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Sharpshooter Badge M-14, Good Conduct Medal and Proof Director Small Arms.                                                         









Joseph graduated from Temple with a BA in Accounting. Joseph enjoys working with wood. Joseph’s family includes Jane and son Michael J. Tier.  Joe’s Dad was Navy WWII Veteran and his mother is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Joe has remained isolated far too long. His daughter from his first marriage was killed by a drunk driver in 2004 and has become even more isolated. All too painful due to PTSD. I am hoping I can get Joe a Therapy Dog for his BIG DAY. Joe is not well at all.

So, as you read this…it sounds like our veteran sure could use some WWR and AHW Rock Star Treatment…

Rally Location – Wawa
3 North Macdade Blvd
Glenolden Pa. 19036

Rally Time – 1230 Hrs. (12:30 PM)

KSU – 1320 Hrs. (1:20 PM)

Please call the AHW Hotline 484-679-1717 for updates or changes

4/3/18 Patriot Connections Dog Tag Project Philadelphia to Cherry Hill NJ

4/3/18 Philadelphia to Cherry Hill NJ
Sue Quinn has asked us to share this event. Sue has a program called Dog Tag Project. They match up dog tags from the Vietnam era to their heroes. On Tuesday 4/3/18, Sue has a dog tag / owner reunion happening in our area! Robert Gunton, is an actor and also a Bronze Star Award recipient (1971). This Hero lives in Los Angeles but is in New York working on an episode of The Blacklist. He is taking the train to our area to meet Sue and receive his dog tags. A complete bio has been posted below.
Patriot Connections has arranged for a car to pick him up at the station and take him to an American Legion Post in Cherry Hill NJ. The Philadelphia Police will lead the escort from Philly into Cherry Hill, NJ.
For more information on the Dog Tag Project click here https://www.patriotconnections.org/dog-tag-project/
Primary Rally Point in NJ:
Meet at the American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Rally Time: 12 noon
KSU: approx. 12:30pm
Rally Time at 30th Street Station will be 12:45 pm. Exact location to be announced. Check here for the most recent updates!!
Dog Tag Return Ceremony
Location: American Legion Post 372, 1532 Martin Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ
Time: 3:30 pm
Bio on our Hero:

On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his SWEENEY TODD and for his portrayal of Juan Peron in EVITA. He was also featured in BIG RIVER, ROZA, PASSION, KING OF HEARTS, WORKING, and HAPPY END. He received an Obie Award for playing 21 characters in HOW I GOT THAT STORY, as well as the Clarence Derwent Award for The Most Promising New NY Actor of 1980. In 2004, Bob was nominated for a Barrymore Award for playing the eponymous role in THE GREAT OSTROVSKY – the great Cy Coleman’s last musical, in a pre-Broadway production.

Gunton’s feature film work runs the gamut from farce to drama. Working with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, Gunton has appeared in Oliver Stone’s JFK, and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; Ed Zwick’s GLORY; John Woo’s BROKEN ARROW; and, most memorably, as the Warden in Frank Darrabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Other of Bob’s dozens of film appearances include: PATCH ADAMS, ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, COOKIE, MATEWAN, JENNIFER 8, THE PERFECT STORM, I (HEART) HUCKABEE’S, BELIEVE IN ME, RENDITION, FRACTURE, NUMB, PLAYER 5150, THE LEAST OF THESE , TENURE as well as the mystery-drama, THE LAZARUS PROJECT. 2009 film projects included THE IRISHMAN and THE TRIAL, co-starring with Mathew Modine. and, in 2010, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, starring Matthew McConnaghey. More recently, Bob appeared in ARGO and TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE.

Gunton’s many telefilms, miniseries and cable movies include: MISSION OF THE SHARK, WILD PALMS, WHEN BILLY BEAT BOBBY, RUNNING MATES, 61*, SINATRA (as Tommy Dorsey),KINGFISH (as FDR), IRON-JAWED ANGELS (as Woodrow Wilson), ELVIS MEETS NIXON(as Nixon), JUDAS AND JESUS, and the BBC docudrama, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – again, playing FDR. Bob plays another President – Sebastian Pinera – of Chile in the soon-to-be-released movie about the heroic 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners, in THE 33

Bob was a series regular on COURTHOUSE, , HOTHOUSE and PEACEMAKERS, and the cult comedy, GREG THE BUNNY. He has had recurring roles on MR. STERLING, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, E-RING, NIP/TUCK, PEPPER DENNIS, and ROYAL PAINS His appearance on STAR TREK – TNG as the troubled and tragic Captain Benjamin Maxwell is considered a classic by many “trekkies.” In 2010, Bob completed his third season in the role of ETHAN KANIN on the hit series 24. Most recently, Bob created the role of Leland Owlsley for the NETFLIX production of MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL

Bob has written articles for The Los Angeles Times Calendar and THEATER magazine. He has written a screenplay and a one-hour drama pilot. His musical memoir, WALKING ON WATER, was recently produced by the Cumberland County Playhouse. He is currently completing an unconventional memoir of his 50 years in theater, film and television.

In 2011, Bob was honored by Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana California, when he was inducted into his alma mater’s Ring of Honor. From time to time, he has been invited by schools and colleges – including the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts — to address drama students about preparing for a life in Theater and Film

In 1971, Bob Gunton was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for his combat service in Vietnam. He is father to recent Yale Graduate, Olivia Ann. Bob is married to the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high school classmate from 40 years ago.

For more info please contact  Director of Research/Returns Sue Quinn-Morris at *protected email*

3/30/18 UPDATE! Welcome Home SPC James Long, Jr. US Army PHL to Media, PA

Super turnout today to welcome home our Hero, the rain held out till JUST ABOUT the end of the day, notice I said “JUST ABOUT!”  thank you to everyone for hanging in there with our without rain gear!

Below is an article by Pete Bannan DelcoTimes:


Jeff Bikerider has once again covered the event with wondeful photos and videos. thanks Jeff!!!










SPC. James Long, Jr. US ARMY is returning from a deployment in Afghanistan and the Aston Fire Department wants to be sure he comes home in style!!! and that’s just what we are going to do!  the Warriors’ Watch Riders will escort James and his family back to his grandparent’s home in Media, PA. 

Please contact me if you’d like to meet at the destination.

Date: Friday 3/30/18

Rally Location: FB 69

8201 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Rally time: 11:45AM
KSU: 12:30PM

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


UPDATE! NJ Veterans United Military Memorial Museum 7 E. Greenbush Rd. Tuckerton, NJ


Wonderful day with good friends… Veterans and Patriots with Jim Comis and the Veterans United Military Memorial Museum


Rose Pagan, A Hero’s Welcome N. New Jersey Director is Proud to announce that after months of trying — we were able to get a handicap ramp at the NJ Veterans United Military Memorial Museum!

DATE: Saturday May 12, 2018

TIME: 12 pm – 3 pm

Location: 7 E. Greenbush Rd. Tuckerton, NJ 08087

“Thanks to the awesome generosity of Homes for Veterans the museum will now have a ramp!! We are looking forward to their grand opening very soon ! Thank you Rich Thompson of Warriors Watch Riders for bringing this need to our attention. Visit their website at www.vummm.org!  and Thank you Jim Comis for allowing me the honor to be involved!!!”

Rose Pagan

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