Welcome Home and Escort for E-3 Alexandria Monastero-Stem, US Navy PHL to Boyertown, PA

Date: Saturday, December 16 

Rally Time:  5:45 AM 

Rally Location: 8200 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153-3603, United States

Save the date…Save the date…Save the date…Save the date…Save the date!

There’s no better way to celebrate the Holiday Season than to Welcome Home a Hero…or as our friend Dave of OYR says…a SHERO!

A Hero’s Welcome has been requested by a VERY PROUD patriotic family (Mom-Tracey, Dad-Joe and sister-LCpl Kaleigh Monasterostem, U.S.M.C.) to welcome home their daughter/sister E-3 Alexandria Monastero-Stem as she returns fresh off the U.S.S. Nimitz. We can’t mention details of her deployment but we CAN say she is a Third Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy with her Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualification as well as a 110 Collateral Duty Inspector.

Alexandria always wanted to serve her country in some way and about 2 years after graduating Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, where she was involved with cheerleading, dance and gymnastics, she found her way. In her words….”Once I finally made the decision to do what “I” wanted, and not what everyone planned for me, I found myself with my Mom and best friend leaving me to go to boot camp in the U.S. Navy….I wouldn’t have changed the decision to join the Navy for anything in the world.” About her MOS,Alexandria says, “My job as an Aviation Mechanic Mate is one of the most rewarding rates that I believe the Navy has to offer on the Enlisted side. Working on engines, rotor systems, fuel systems, transmission systems and maintaining the MH60R at HSM-75 has been one of the most eye opening experiences in my life thus far.”

On Saturday, December 16, Alexandria will be leaving her U.S. Navy family to join her real family here for a home visit…and A Hero’s Welcome will be at PHL to surprise her as well and escort this HERO home, safe and sound, to begin her holiday time!!

EVERYONE!…This is a GREAT airport mission to experience! Please join us as we Welcome Home E-3 Alexandria Monastero-Stem!

Rally Point: FB 69, 8200 Bartram Avenue
Rally time: TBD – early morning arrival

AHW Delaware participating in Wreaths Across America Day December 16, 2017

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware is once again, participating in Wreaths Across America.  We are looking for donations of Wreaths for our Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery Wreaths are purchased through

wreathsacrossamerica.org -donate to a local cemetery – search: A Hero’s Welcome Delaware – Donate

For every 2 wreaths we sell we get one wreath FREE. All wreaths will be delivered to the Bear Veterans Cemetery. On December 16. 2107 we will all come together for a ceremony in remembrance of the brave. Bring your children and grandchildren. TEACH -HONOR – REMEMBER
Wreaths will be laid until after the ceremony.

Saturday, December 16 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM

Delaware Veterans Cemetary   Chesapeake City Rd, Bear, DE 19701


11/25/17 Welcome Home / Retirement Party for MSgt. Thomas Shine, US Air Force Lumberton, NJ

Rally point: WAWA
1522 NJ-38 Lumberton NJ 08048 https://goo.gl/maps/w3XRvaJJAD52

Rally time: 1830 (6:30pm)
KSU: 1855 (6:55pm)
RC: Daddi-O

We have been asked by a member of A Hero’s Welcome to surprise a good friend of his and Hero at his retirement party in SNJ.

MSgt Thomas Shine entered the USAF in July, 1987 and recently retired on Oct. 2, 2017 serving 30+ years of flying high and protecting our great country! That’s right…30+ years!

Our Hero served with the 732nd Airlift Squadron, 514th Air Mobility Wing as a Loadmaster on C-17 Globemaster III planes and retired as a Loadmaster on a C-141 Starlifter.

If printed, the list of MSgt. Shine’s accomplishments would run off this website.  We will read off the tours of duty and accolaids at the rally point.

(but to name just a few….)

In his 30+ years he participated in:
Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
Global War on Terrorism
Kuwait Liberation
Operation Enduring Freedom (6x)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (3x)

Please come out and join us as we say Thank you and Happy Retirement to this American Hero!!


11/11/17 Masonic Lodge Veteran’s Ceremony Newport, DE

AF&AM Masonic Lodge in Newport, DE
John A. Bailey-Thompson Worshipful Master

Senior Warden will dedicate a POW MIA Chair of Honor in their lodge.

There will be a Mason meeting prior to the first ceremony of their “EMPTY CHAIR” induction of James Brady followed by and the POW MIA Chair of Honor dedication.
Tickets are $20 includes lunch

108 E Market St, Newport, DE 19804

Time: 12:00 NOON

11/6/17 Terry Campus to Dedicate POW MIA Chair of Honor Dover, DE

DATE: 11/6/17   Time: 9:00 am

Location: 100 E Campus Dr, Dover, DE 19904-1383, United States

With the dedication, the campus will join the Rolling Thunder Inc. POW/MIA Chair of Honor Program, which is intended to bring daily reminders of prisoners of war or missing in action issues. The chair, which is black with the POW/MIA logo on it, is to remain perpetually empty to help people remember that even though the soldiers are not here, there is a space for them.

Hussey Seating donated the chair, and the cost of installation and accompanying signage is being covered by Les Link, a recently retired Delaware Tech employee and Vietnam veteran.

Link initiated the discussion on having a chair installed on campus.

The dedication ceremony will include brief remarks, a three-volley salute by current service members stationed at Dover Air Force Base and the unveiling of the POW/MIA Chair of Honor.

Delaware Tech has asked for us to coordinate a Flagline for this event. Actual dedication starts promptly at 9 am.

There will be a light breakfast served at 7:30-8 am…please RSVP if you want to attend breakfast to 302-530-4984 before Wednesday 11/1/17

11/17/17 Veterans Celebration at Lighthouse Christian School

11/17 Lighthouse Christian School has asked us to come back for the 4th year.  We will be presenting the Veterans with Warrior Beads and MSAWI Stars for our Troops. …this year they are concentrating on Vietnam Veterans, but all Veterans will receive beads and Stars.

This year Bob Valentine, 38 years in the Marines, is  coming to talk to the students and lots of other guests.

11/12/17 Vets Journey Home, Ft. Washington, PA

A Hero’s Welcome and the Warriors’ Watch Riders have been invited to witness and recognize the Vets Journey Home graduation ceremonies.

We will ride in, be part of the graduation ceremony with our presence, flags, coins and stars.


Our Veterans really appreciate the community coming out to show their support.

Rally Point: Hilton Garden Inn, 530 Pennsylvania Ave, Fort Washington, PA 19034
Rally Time: 1400 (2:00 pm)
KSU: 1440 (2:40 pm)

11/6/17 MSAWI Stars for Our Troops Preparation Night, Richboro, PA

WOW!! What a HUGE turnout (approx. 100 attendees!!)…that’s right…100!!!… and what a SUPER mission…ALL for our troops and Veterans! Thank you to Rock United Girl Scouts and their family members along with Brownies and Girl Scouts from surrounding areas. A HUGE thank you to AHW members…Elin, Laura ( and family!), Lee Cannon, Lost, Bikerider, Tom O’Shea, Flip Flop Peppermint Patty and Tom, Meatball (and all) and Marge for ALL of your hard work and support! Thank you to Channel 6 for the great support you always provide A Hero’s Welcome missions!

In addition to preparing MSAWI Stars for our Troops (and a surprise FaceTime with Esther Wolfer!), Beads for Our Heroes, and Letters to Our Troops…Everyone’s donations filled 12 packages for an Army Special Forces 12 Member team!! These packages were requested by the father of one of the Army Special Forces members. EVERYONE received Stars to take with them to present on Veteran’s Day and experience that powerful moment.

🇺🇸 Thank you to ALL!!!! 🇺🇸

They’re off!!! 12 packages on the way to the Army Special Forces team!!! Thanks to A Hero’s Welcome, our member and supporter Lee C., Rock United Girl Scouts and others from surrounding areas. Thanks, too, for the tremendous assistance of the Richboro Post Office (employee on the right is a Veteran and was presented a star!)


11/6/17 MSAWI Stars for Our Troops Preparation Night, Richboro, PA

Our last starry starry night was such a great success, that we are doing it again!

Join A Hero’s Welcome and our local Girl Scouts of America for a Patriotic evening preparing MSAWI Stars for Our Troops, beads for our Heroes, and letter writing to our service members!!

(We’ll have scissors…but it’s recommended to bring a pair.)

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Northampton Township Free Library
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA 18954
https://www.google.com/maps/preview?dad … ,+PA+18954

All are welcome…but space is limited.
Please RSVP to gro.e1511461247mocle1511461247w-sor1511461247eha@a1511461247dnerb1511461247 or gro.e1511461247mocle1511461247w-sor1511461247eha@n1511461247ile1511461247