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

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: Wawa 579 N. Lewis Road Limerick, PA  19468


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

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 .

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

Rally Time: 5:30 pm / watch this site for updates

Thank you,

 Captain Dan, USN .

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

8/7/18 Springfield Twp National Night Out, Springfield Delco, PA

A Hero’s Welcome has been invited by the Springfield Township Police to join in the annual Springfield Township “Night Out” to support local law enforcement and the community.

Springfield Township Police Department has begun to plan for this year’s National Night Out event, which will take place on Tuesday, August 7 from 6pm-9pm at the Springfield Country Club.

A Hero’s Welcome will have an information table set up and a supply of “Stars for our Troops” for us to present to any veterans that are in attendence.  Please consider joining us at this event.  It will be nice to have 5+ of our members to man the table. If you are interested, please let me know and plan on arriving by 5:30 pm.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.



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


Honor Flight Philadelphia has set their spring trip date and has invited A Hero’s Welcome to join them in welcoming home our WWII and Korean War Heroes.

The  trip is scheduled for Monday September 24, 2018 departing from and returning to the Flourtown Country Club in Montgomery County, PA.

Scheduled arrival time is approximately 6:15-6:30 p.m.  More info to follow as we get closer to the date.


Aug. 4, 2018 A Hero’s Welcome to present Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington National Cemetery

On Saturday, August 4, 2018 A Hero’s Welcome will have the honor of participating in the Public Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God”

Details are being completed and more information will be posted on this site.  Please consider joining us at this memorable event, it would be wonderful to have a show of support from our members as the wreath will be presented on behalf of our entire organization NATION WIDE.  

Date: Saturday August 4, 2018

Rally Time: 11:15 am

Ceremony:  12:15pm

Rally Location: Tomb Guard Quarters located at the Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery.  Arlington, VA

U.S. Army • Arlington National Cemetery • Arlington, VA 22211

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

Looking for members in the Virginia Beach area to assist with Welcome Home


A Hero’s Welcome,

We  have received a  welcome home request from a husband of a Sailor in Virginia Beach, VA who recently returned from her 3rd deployment!  She has spent many months away from her children and her hubby wanted to do something special for his wife when she returned home.  We have not been able to properly plan a welcome home since currently have no chapter in the Virginia Beach area but…that doesn’t mean it won’t still happen!!!

If you know of anyone in the Virginia Beach area that would be interested in helping us plan a welcome home for this Sailor, please contact me.

Our Hero is already home so this will be an easy mission to plan…

For the Troops,

Maria  Hyland

A Hero’s Welcome