Ride Report for Ride Captain AeroPilot

I’ll be home for the Holidays!”  Definitely words that a parent loves to hear when their son or daughter is away serving in our Military.  On Friday, December 23rd, the Penuel family of Collegeville picked up their daughter, SPC Kimberly Penuel, at Philadelphia International airport after her one year of service in Afganistan to bring her home.  Kimberly joined the military after graduating from Lock Haven University in 2007 and is part of the Military Police Company.

Along the way, Kimberly and her family planned to stop for lunch at the Providence Town Center shopping center located in Collegeville,… unbeknowenst to Kimberly, a large gathering of Warriors Watch Riders, Fire Companies from 4 municipalites, and a mix of local and state police were gathered to provide a Welcome Home she will never forget!

Flag Line formed, the wind picked up and kept the flags blowing steady.  Minutes passed, and then the sun broke thru the clouds just as Kimberly and her family rounded the corner, I’m sure it was an amazing sight to see.  As she pulled in and drove down the flagline, the look of astonishment and surprise was evident by the huge smile on her face.  As she exited the truck, she was warmly greeted by friends and family in attendance, and then by each of the WWR members, fire companies, and police.  The group formed the escort, and everyone pulled out of the shopping center making noise, flags flying, and definitely drawing attention to our local hero!

Great job by the Collegeville Police and Fire Companies for coordinating the escort, made everything run so smoothly.  Upon arrival at our destination, Kimberly was greeted by even more friends and family, including a 9 year old Pen-Pal that wrote to her often while she was overseas serving our country.  She commented how nice it was to recieve mail from home through out her deployment.  The WWR presented the Honor Coin, followed by a nice and loud “Welcome Home!”.  A Hero’s Welcome then presented Kimberly with a certificate of appreciation and a piece of a retired United States Flag to carry with her in rememberance of her friends, family, community, and nation that are very grateful for her service.

Respectfully Submitted:
AeroPilot (Rob)