April 3, 2010

GOOD FRIDAY – WARRIORS WATCH RIDERS PROVIDE LOCAL HERO (JOHN-PAUL SNOOK, US ARMY) A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT TO HIS HOME IN WEST CHESTER, PA. – 4/2/10

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 4:32 pm

The Sheepdogs helped to welcome home a local soldier.  Army 1st Lt John-Paul Snook returned from Afghanistan on Good Friday for some well-deserved leave.  He received A Hero’s Welcome at the Phila Airport and got a motorcycle escort from the patriotic bikers of the Warriors Watch Riders.

John-Paul said, “I can’t believe all this was just for me, I wish all our troops could get a welcome home like this.”

Neighbors and his sisters Alice and Christy surround their big brother at the airport.

  

The Warriors Watch Riders do a great job, they get local and state police to lead the way and keep the escort moving.

The bikers, family, and friends formed a receiving line to greet John-Paul when he arrived at the Philadelphia Airport.

   

Here’s JP with his grandmother Alice and his grandfather Bob (a West Point graduate).

 

His proud mother Maureen, his father John, and his brother Walter (a freshman at Princeton, in the Army ROTC, hopes to go to Army Ranger school and infantry).

  

Special thanks to the West Chester Fire Department for providing their truck and ladder to hang the giant flag.

        

Lt Snook will be returning to Afghanistan after his 2 weeks leave. We are proud and grateful for his service.

God bless you JP, we sleep in peace because men and women like you are willing to risk everything you have to protect us 24/7.

March 20, 2010

UNITED STATES MARINES FROM BRIDGE COMPANY B – ALL HOME, ALL PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 11:30 am

Late last night, about 50 people from the Warriors Watch Riders, A Hero’s Welcome, Moms4RMarines, and Sheepdogs went to Philadelphia Airport to welcome home the final 6 Marines from Folsom, PA.  It’s always a touching moment to see the mother and child reunions.  These local heroes spent 6 months in Iraq and then volunteered to extend their time in harm’s way by going to Afghanistan to help train Afghans.  We love them and are proud of all they do for us.

 

Below, the Bridge Company B commanding officer, Major Jerry Kleber, who came home a couple days ago, spoke and thanked us for taking time out on a late Friday night to come and honor his fellow Marines.

We are happy to do it, we are forever grateful for what you sacrifice for us and for helping oppressed people gain freedom around the world.  Thanks to you Jerry for leading them and thanks to God for bringing all 150 of you back home, and none wounded either.

Thank You Troops!  Thank You Military Families!

March 16, 2010

WELCOME HOME MARINES! WARRIORS WATCH RIDERS, LEATHERNECKS MC, AND OTHER BIKERS PROVIDE MOTORCYCLE ESCORT FOR LOCAL HEROES.

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 9:38 pm

More Marines from Bridge Company B in Folsom, PA returned home from harm’s way.  These local Marines spent 7 months in Iraq and then volunteered for 3 more months in Afghanistan.  Several patriotic bikers from the Warriors Watch Riders, Leathernecks, Second Brigade, and others gave them a motorcycle escort from the Philadelphia Airport.  A Hero’s Welcome and Sheepdogs joined the families and formed a giant flag line to give them the “Welcome Home” they deserve.

The wives were very happy to see their husbands.  Above is Jean, she hugs her husband Jerry, he is the company commander.  Happily, Jerry’s unit suffered zero casualties during their dual deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The families were very emotional, lots of smiles and tears of joy.

            

It was a beautiful day to come out and show public support for these heroes. We are grateful and proud to let them know that while they were away, doing the job that must be done, they were not alone.

Welcome Home Marines of Bridge Company B! 

 Thank You and Thank You Marine families!

January 27, 2010

WARRIORS WATCH RIDERS, LEATHERNECKS, A HERO’S WELCOME, SHEEPDOGS, AND OTHERS WELCOME HOME LOCAL MARINES – 1/27/10

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 9:44 pm

A year ago the Marines of Bridge Company B were preparing to go to Iraq. The wife of the CO asked if we could come to one of their drills so that the Marines would see the kind of support and love that they deserve.  We visited them in March ’09 and in May the patriotic bikers gave them a motorcycle escort when they deployed.  Today, those Marines returned home, about 150 total. They were greeted by tearful and happy wives, moms, dads, kids, and brothers and sisters. 

 

   

              

Perhaps the toughest part of the welcome home was for Jean. She’s the wife of the Marine’s Company Commander, Jerry.  But she didn’t get to greet her hero husband because he volunteered to go to Afghanistan and train Afghans.  She said, “This is really hard, I’m so happy for everyone here but it’s tough not being able to see my husband get off the bus.”  She said, “The Marines needed a couple guys to go to Afghanistan, so Jerry and another officer signed up.  We’ll have to wait a few more months.”  Here’s Jean with Marine Mom Mary, her son Grant is also a Marine officer, he’s preparing to deploy to Afghanistan soon. 

The families, they also serve.

Jean presented me and the Sheepdogs with an American flag that her husband Jerry flew over his base in Iraq on Christmas Day. It came with a certificate of authenticity and we will get a flag case and display it with pride.

Thanks to all who came out, especially the bikers.  It was a terrific day.

Thank You Troops!  Thank You Military Families!

WELCOME HOME MARINES OF BRIDGE COMPANY B!

Click on these links to find out more about A Hero’s Welcome, Warriors Watch Riders, and Leatherneck MC.

 

July 20, 2009

HERO’S WELCOME FOR AIR FORCE COL JOSEPH DELL’ARCIPRETE – 7/19/09

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 11:48 pm

A Hero’s Welcome and Warriors Watch Riders plus family and friends gave Lt Col Joe Dell’Arciprete a welcome home he will never forget.

First they met him inside the Phila Airport terminal, then the WWR provided a motorcycle escort from the airport to Chester County where they were joined by the East Brandywine Fire Dept Engine 49 who led the caravan into his neighborhood where relatives and neighbors were waiting with a flag line to greet him at his house.

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It was a thrill and a priviledge to meet Col Dellarciprete and thank him for his courage and service.  Joe thanked everyone and told us about the brave soldiers back in Afghanistan who are doing a superb job as they carry out their mission and duty of defeating the Taliban so that the Afghans can regain control of their country.

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He said, “The young troops I served with, many of them 19 and 20 years old, are doing an outstanding job and being successful and we must always remember that they are over there and be behind them.”

See more photos taken by the Firemen HERE and by the Warriors Watch Riders HERE.

UPDATE: Below is a message we received from Col Dell’Arciprete

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of you that made my homecoming so very special. I am humbled by your generosity, steadfast patriotism, and selflessness. I will never forget this incredible time in my life.

I am honored to have served in Bagram and to have serve with such great men and women who do our country proud! Thanks to organizations like yours I know that their sacrifice and commitment will never be forgotten.

God Bless you, the men and women of our arm forces and especially their families back home.

Proud to be an American
Lt Col Joe Dell’Arciprete

July 16, 2009

ARMY HERO GETS WELCOMED HOME WITH A MOTORCYCLE ESCORT AND “BACKYARD BAR-B-QUE”

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 11:04 pm

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.

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Channel 3 and Famous Dave’s combined to sponsor a free barbeque for over 50 people who came to celebrate Joe’s return home.

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Surrounded by his parents (Theresa and Bill) Joe was interviewed by Doug Kammerer from Channel 3.

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The weather was perfect for outdoor fun.

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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.

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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.

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Getting served and my plate… mmmm

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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.

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Joe with his brother (L) and best friend Ian (R)

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Emily is very proud of her hero grandson.

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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.

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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.

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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.

May 24, 2009

FLEET WEEK 2009

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 12:25 pm

Fleet Week is a great time when US Navy ships come to New York City.  It’s an opportunity to tour the ships and personally thank the sailors and Marines for protecting and defending America.  These young troops are so proud of what they do.  Over and over they repeat, “if not me then who?”   They know exactly what they are doing, they are special and they understand that this country is worth defending.  They take their vow, to protect the country against all enemies foreign and domestic, seriously.  They deserve our eternal thanks and praise.  This is my scrapbook of pictures as I toured the USS Iwo Jima, the USS Roosevelt, and the USCGC Spencer.  Most of these troops have recently returned from deployments in harm’s way.  You will see the face of America’s true heroes. 

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USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is an Amphibious Assault Carrier.  It has a crew of about 1000. It's as big as an Aircraft Carrier, but it's mission is to carry about 2500 Marines and all their vehicles and equipment to hostile shores. Inside are Landing Crafts that tranport the Marines to the beach.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) is an Amphibious Assault Carrier. It has a crew of about 1000. It's as big as an Aircraft Carrier, but it's mission is to carry about 2500 Marines and all their vehicles and equipment to hostile shores. Inside are Landing Crafts that tranport the Marines to the beach.

From the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima.

From the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima.

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Among the many tourists was this Vietnam Veteran -"Welcome Home!"

Among the many tourists was this Vietnam Veteran -"Welcome Home!"

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A pilot stands next to his aircraft.

A pilot stands next to his aircraft.

Another pilot next to his helicopter.

Another pilot next to his helicopter.

 

Flight crew and maintenance pose with their helo.

Flight crew and maintenance pose with their helo. The Osprey - takes off like a helocopter, then the propellers tilt forward and flies like a plane. Flight crew member in his Osprey. Pilot

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New York City's finest were onboard too.

New York City's finest were onboard too. A Marine Gunny prepares to lead the Marines for a marching demonstration. Marines march on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima. A Marine Gunny prepares to lead the Marines for a marching demonstration. Marines march on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima.

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WWII POW and his son tour the USS Iwo Jima.

WWII POW and his son tour the USS Iwo Jima.

 

Inside USS Iwo Jima, Marines displayed their various weapons, tanks, and vehicles.

Inside USS Iwo Jima, Marines displayed their various weapons, tanks, and vehicles.

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Sailors stand next to a Humvee below deck.

Sailors stand next to a Humvee below deck.

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 (more photos to come)

December 15, 2008

WELCOME HOME ARMY HERO BRIAN PIASEKI – 12/14/08

Filed under: Heroes,Welcome Home — Rich Davis @ 11:12 pm

Army Specialist Brian Piaseki came home ater 14 months in Iraq to a Hero’s Welcome at the Rose Tree FireHouse in Media, PA. He was met by his wife and family and friends. He was given a motorcycle escort by the Warriors Watch Riders and met at the fire house by members of A Hero’s Welcome and American Sheepdogs.  Read his homecoming ARTICLE HERE from the Delco Daily Times and see a VIDEO HERE.

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Brian poses with his nephew Christian, a proud JROTC freshman in high school and very proud of his uncle.

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Brian’s sister and a reporter from the Daily Times.

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About a hundred people turned out for this great Welcome Home, very nicely hosted by the Rose Tree Fire Dept.

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I was honored to meet and talk with Brian – he told me that right after 9/11, he wanted to be right where the action is.  He wanted to make a difference.

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Brian chats with his brother (left).

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Brian’s wife Jessica takes some pictures of family while Brian gets interviewed by a Daily Times reporter.

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A table full of memorabilia from Iraq, put together by his wife Jessica.

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Paul from the Daily Times takes notes and wrote an outstanding article HERE.

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Brian served with Army’s elite 2/327 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
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It’s great to have you back Brian!  Thanks for all you did for your country.  You and your Army buddies are our greatest patriots.

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