Posted for Bonnie “Snap” Schuster:
Posted for Bonnie “Snap” Schuster:
Posted for Bonnie “Snap” Schuster:
On June 4th at 5:45pm 53 Bikes and a 5 cages gathered at our rally spot for the Welcome Home of U.S. National Guard SSGT. Richard M. Johnson in Sewell NJ. Our Ride Captain for this mission was “Jersey Jeff” Novak. He gathered us in for our ride brief on our Hero and went over the route to be taken from pick up to finish. Soon after completion of the ride brief our group safely headed out behind the lead of the Washington Township Police Department who afforded us 4 Police cars and 1 Police Officer on a MOTORCYCLE…HOW COOL IS THAT!! The WTPD Police Chief was with us at the gathering point but could not travel with us due to other obligations.
After a short ride to get our Hero at his House with WTPD leading the way with lights and sirens just adding to making a Hero feel like a Hero, with our Motorcycles engines roaring and horns beeping through the streets we pulled up to see our Hero greet us outside in total surprise. Also in our Welcoming Group was the Mayor of Washington Township there to shake our Hero’s hand and Thank Him for his service to our Country.
We soon after started out on our way again behind the lead of WTPD making our way to our final destination of Voorhees. Along the way our group had no problem at all negotiating our way through intersections and street lights because WTPD along with Gloucester Township PD, Somerdale PD and VOORHEES Police Departments were stopping cross traffic to further enhance the Hero Treatment that should be given to our returning Serviceman and his Family.
At one point our ride route took us past the Chews Landing Fire Department, and there we rode past their Fire Engines lined up outside the Firehouse with Firemen outside to Honor our Hero, horns blasting and sirens screaming with firefighters waving and taking photos.
Washington Township Police Department and the Mayor led us and took us the whole ride through Gloucester Township, Somerdale and right to Voorhees where the Voorhees PD were waiting on our arrival and took over the lead and escort. Voorhees PD led our group through their Township to the end at Iron Hill Brewery, first winding through Voorhees Commons shopping lot where we saw and rode under 2 Voorhees Fire Department Fire Trucks extended out with a HUGE American Flag for our Hero and our Group to ride under. Waiting to also Welcome Home SSGT. Johnson was Operation Yellow Ribbon, our Partners in the Welcome Home Business along with a large group of Thankful Americans just waiting to shake our Hero’s hand in gratitude.
I would like to thank the entire Washington Township Police Department, the Mayor of Washington Township, the Gloucester Township, Somerdale and Voorhees Police Departments along with he Chews Landing FD and Voorhees Fire Department. Also the Iron Hill Brewery who asked for a Welcome Home to finish up at their establishment. They showed our Hero their gratitude by showering him with Dinner, Gift Cards and flat out gave our Hero and his Family the HERO TREATMENT. There were easily over 100 civilians waving flags and listening to patriotic music provided by a D.J. – Iron Hill Brewery went way above and beyond to greet this Hero and his family.
A tremendous thank you to Dave Silver’s Group OPERATION YELLOW RIBBON who always dots the I’s and crosses the T’s in the Welcome Home’s and always do an AWESOME JOB in making a Hero feel like a Hero. Lastly I’d like to thank my fellow riders of the Warriors Watch.
Posted for Jeff Novak:
On Saturday June 27th at 1:30 pm 8 cars and 1 bike gathered at our rally spot in Stratford NJ to thank our Hero Becky Herrera for her commitment to our country as she prepares for her July departure to serve in the U.S. Navy. Becky signed up as part of the DEP (Delayed Entry Program) and was joining friends and family at her home in Lindenwold for a farewell party, which we were happy to acknowledge.
Ride Captain for this mission was “Jersey Jeff” Novak and after conducting the briefing we departed for the short ride to Becky’s home. Although it was a rainy and overcast that day one bike was present and our small caravan left at 2:15pm to make our Hero feel special. With lots of noise we rolled into her community to insure she knew that her service was deeply appreciated. As we rolled up we observed a large number of people on her front lawn waving flags and pointing to us and obviously excited. There were lots of flags and other decorations and we were greeted enthusiastically by Becky and her family and friends.
We gathered around Becky after greeting her with mugs and hugs to express our thoughts about her stepping up to serve in the Navy and help protect our freedoms and way of life as Americans. Becky seemed a bit overwhelmed by the recognition from complete strangers and we all shared a few laughs followed by another round of handshakes and hugs, and lastly a group picture before we rolled out and left her to enjoy the party in her honor.
It was a few hours very well spent by those in attendance which included riders from Philadelphia as well as New Jersey. I would like to thank each of the participants and especially Fitter for helping us make sure this Hero got a little extra special treatment courtesy of WWR NJ.
Posted for Jeff Novak:
On November 14th at 11:45am about 15-20 Bikes and 6 cages gathered at our rally spot for the Mug and Hug of U.S. Army Sgt. Roger Ortiz and U.S. Army Major Jim Casalunova in Sewell NJ. Our Ride Captain for this mission was “Jersey Jeff” Novak. He gathered us in for our ride brief on one of the Hero’s and Big Daddy provided the bio on our 2nd Hero.
Jersey Jeff went over the route to be taken to the location where both Hero’s work together. As we began to prepare for our departure Big Daddy pulled us all together for a moment of silence in honor of the lives lost the day before – stolen by the terrorist in Paris. The moment of silence was observed and gave us all time to reflect on the loss of innocent lives, it was an extra motivator to go out and make our feelings known to the two hero’s and their families. Soon after completion of the ride brief our group safely headed out to our destination which was very close by. The Major was under the impression he was setting Sgt. Ortiz up to be honored and he was totally unaware that we were going to be recognizing his service as well, two Hero’s to Thank.
After a short ride to our Hero’s workplace we arrived and parked out front to the delight of our Hero’s wife and children and grandson. Sgt. Ortiz was quite obviously shocked and delighted by the surprise visit to acknowledge his service to our country. Jersey Jeff spoke to those in attendance about the service and sacrifice made by Sgt. Ortiz and presented him with the WWR coin and a big hug. This was followed by warm greetings and sincere expressions of gratitude by each of the WWR NJ members and a few members of OYR that were local and eager to show the respect and pride. It was a great time with lots of laughter and joking, and all while Major Casalunova was standing by with a great grin on his face celebrating the recognition given to Sgt. Ortiz.
As we began to wrap things up (so it appeared) Big Daddy began to speak about thanking Sgt. Ortiz and what an honor and privilege it had been to shake his hand, and then he turned to the Major and began the reveal – we were aware of his service and he was our other Hero of the day. Big Daddy discreetly coined the Major and let him know that his daughter was in on the plan (with her boyfriend) and we all took turns letting the Major know how we felt about his service to our country. It was our coldest ride day to date for the fall, and the wind was brisk but the group rode proud and tall and left our Hero’s with humble smiles and special memories.
I would like to thank Big Daddy for coordinating the mission with Sgt. Ortiz wife and the Majors daughter. It was an especially good time to honor these men and Big Daddy pulled it together on short notice and again showed me how to take a more active role in WWR NJ and gain confidence as an RC. Additionally he is always exceptionally nice to my 12 year old daughter and has become one of her favorites – seeing her become passionate about the missions brings something to the table for years into the future.
Always With Respect;
SO WHAT IF IT RAINED!!! It was a great turnout. WWR NEPA, NJ, SEPA represented our brotherhood well with the awesome support of multiple local scout troops, Verona Fire Dept, Verona Police, Verona Ambulance Squad surrounded by family and 5 other vets that were recognized as well. One of them a police officer that was part of our escort. All together close to 60 people showed up, lots of cars, 7 motorcycles, 3 Fire engines, 3 Police cars and an Ambulance.
Submitted by Manny Alfonso – Gas Man
It was our privilege to be able to honor Joe. WWR coined him, along with giving him an AHW certificate, MSAWI star, and magazine depicting the year 1945. We would like to thank Manny “Gas Man” Alfonso for a doing a fantastic job as our RC for this mission. A special thanks to our brothers and sisters from NJ and SEPA who made the mission on their motorcycles (traveling in some heavy rain along the way).
It has been a long time since Verona’s veterans returned home from World War II. A very, very long time. But those 70 years faded into the distance this Sunday morning as one Verona veteran got a hero’s welcome for his service so many years ago.
Warriors Watch Riders led a group that included Verona’s Police and Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts up Bloomfield Avenue to salute Joseph Ruggiero, who had served as a U.S. Army combat medic under General George Patton. From 1942 through the end of the war, Ruggiero was with the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa before moving with the Seventh United States Army and Fifth United States Army in Italy, where he met the woman who would become his wife. Ruggiero, now 95 and a Verona resident since 1947, earned seven service stars for his efforts during the war.
WWII veteran Joseph Ruggiero (right) with Manny Alfonso, who organized the Warriors Watch ride in his honor.
Warriors Watch is a nationwide group that provides motorcycle escorts for individual servicemen and women and their units who are deploying and returning home, sometimes many years after returning home, as was the case with Ruggiero, who was one of seven brothers to serve in World War II.
The five dozen people who turned out also honored Ruggiero family veterans Neil Ruggiero (far right) and Michael DiMaio (in blue).
At Ruggiero’s home, the Scouts led the pledge of allegiance and Warriors Watch presented the veteran with a proclamation and a commemorative coin. Then every one of the five dozen friends, family members and escorts filed by Ruggiero and thanked him for his service. Warriors Watch also honored two family members who were also veterans, Neil Ruggiero, who served in the U.S. Navy, and Michael DiMaio, a Vietnam veteran, as well as Verona Police Officer John Lecreux, who served in Iraq.
Ruggiero family members gathered to honor their patriarch.
Wrench” and “Magic” met up with “Whistler” at his house at 1215 hrsAt 1230 hrs we headed out to the south Florida National cemeteryWe arrived at the cemetery at 1300 hrs and were joined shortly by “Patriot” and “G-Man” in their cages.Whistler went to the cemetery office to announce we were here for our airman Sgt Mullenski. We were told that the service would be held in committal shelter “A”.While waiting,we had some conversation with family and guests that were there prior to our hero’s arrival.At 1330 hrs we heard the rumble of motors approaching;?It was a contingent of American legion Riders who were escorting our hero and his family from the funeral homeAfter their arrival, “Whistler” “Magic” “Wrench” “Patriot” and “G-Man” headed off to committal shelter “A” to set up prior to the arrival of our hero, family and guests.“G-Man” posted the USAF flag to the right of the funeral bier, “Magic’ posted the American flag to the left;“Whistler” stood by with the Warriors Watch Riders flag, ”Patriot” stood by with the Patriot Guard Riders flag.As the pall bearers brought the flag covered casket to the funeral bier in the committal shelter, we came to present arms.All were then requested to stand as military honors began with the sound of Taps. We remained at present arms.The USAF honor guard then removed the flag from our hero;s casket and began folding it for presentation to the next of kinAfter presentation of the flag, we came to order arms.“Wrench” then read Warriors Watch USAF Eternal prayer and presented a laminated copy to the next of kin along with condolences from all riders in attendance.He then presented a Warriors Watch commemorative pendant and necklace in remembrance of our Hero;s faithful service to our nation.The American Legion chaplain then closed the services with solemn prayers a nd excerpts from the Holy Bible.The cemetery personnel then requested that all in attendance return to their vehicles as the service was concluded.Riders were reqested to “stand fast” until all family and guests had left the shelter.Riders were then “stood down” to carry their flags upright back to their rides to sadly meet again in the future.R.I.P. Sgt Mullenski. God speed in your flight to the heavens.
...WE WILL HONOR OUR NATION’S WARRIORS HERE AT HOME, AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES WHILE THEY FIGHT FOR US ABROAD...
...THE WARRIORS’ WATCH RIDERS ENVISION A DAY WHEN EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND THEIR FAMILIES, FEEL APPRECIATED, HONORED, RESPECTED AND LOVED BY THE CITIZENS THEY RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT...