Army Specialist Joe Chicoski of Warrington, Pa received a well-deserved “Hero’s Welcome” yesterday at his parent’s home. The 21-year old hero just finished a 15-month tour in Iraq. He was surprised when he received a motorcycle escort home from the Warriors Watch Riders and A Hero’s Welcome.
Channel 3 and Famous Dave’s combined to sponsor a free barbeque for over 50 people who came to celebrate Joe’s return home.
Surrounded by his parents (Theresa and Bill) Joe was interviewed by Doug Kammerer from Channel 3.
The weather was perfect for outdoor fun.
Longtime friends, members from Warriors Watch Riders, A Hero’s Welcome, and American Sheepdogs always have a great time at these events. “It’s important that we honor these soldiers whenever we can because they are the real celebrities in our country” said WWR founder Wayne Lutz. “We want to make sure each soldier gets the welcome home they deserve. It’s the least we can do because its the soldier that makes the sacrifices needed so that we can enjoy our freedoms”, said Charlie Becker of A Hero’s Welcome.
The staff from Famous Dave’s prepared and served a meal fit for a king. Ribs, chicken, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread, and more. They are fantastic caterers and everybody loved the food.
Getting served and my plate… mmmm
Below, Theresa (Joe’s proud mom) and her friend (L), who has a son-in-law in the Marines. We thank you both for your sacrifice. We appreciate the sacrifice of the military families, especially the moms.
Joe with his brother (L) and best friend Ian (R)
Emily is very proud of her hero grandson.
Below, this is Mary Ann and Joe. Mary Ann was in the Marine Corps. She volunteered to join in 1972 during the Vietnam War. She showed me a photo in her USMC uniform, and she looked very sharp, like a Marine recruit poster. Their son (also named Joe) has been in the Army for 18 years. He is a Warrant Officer 3. He is on his 5th tour in Iraq. “He loves his country and believes in what he is doing”, said his mother. We can’t wait to welcome her hero son home (in the very near future). Mary Ann is a very special Military Mom and said she will come to our “Salute The Troops” rally this Saturday in West Chester and we look forward to seeing her again. Thank you for raising such a patriotic hero son and thank you for your service Mary Ann.
It was great to get to meet Joe, shake is hand, and thank him for his service to our country. He and all his buddies are keeping us safe while they do the heavy lifting. Joe will be home on leave for 3 weeks and then he will go to Germany for a few months.
Joe’s father spoke about his son. I asked him, “What made him want to join the Army?” and he said, “Every since Joe was little, around 8 years old, he talked about wanting to be a soldier. He was the kind of kid that always wanted to do things for people, he always wanted to help them.”
We are so grateful and proud of all he does for us.