Ride Report for Ride Captain HowardK

 

On Saturday afternoon March 23rd Warriors Watch Riders were joined by A Hero’s Welcome to honor and welcome home 1st Lt. Sean Wolodzko, US ARMY, as he celebrated his return from a 9 month deployment in Afghanistan.

Warriors’ Watch Riders were invited by Sean’s mother Maryrose to escort Sean from their home in Yardley to a celebration in his honor at the American Legion Hall.

Sean graduated from Holy Ghost Prep in 2004. He then attended West Chester University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010

First Lt Wolodzko was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the

1-28th Infantry Battalion “Black Lions”, 4th Infantry Brigade Team, First Division United States Army. Sean is currently stationed at Ft. Riley Kansas.

Sean is an ROTC Distinguished Military graduate. He is the recipient of the George C. Marshall Award for his ROTC battalion. He also received the Sergeant York Award while a senior cadet. Sean received the RECONDO certificate for his performance at Warrior Forge. He was also awarded the Col. Hoxie Harrison Smith Army Scholarship Award.

Sean was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. May 2010 into the United States Army. He was promoted to 1st Lt. in May 2011.

Warrior’s Watch Riders rallied at the Pathmark in Fairless Hills. After a ride briefing we were led by Ptl Brian Pontarelli of the Lower Makefield Police Department to the family home ten minutes away. We entered the development and passed under a large American flag displayed by the Yardley Makefield FD. We rolled up to the home with patriotic music playing (thanks Bobcat) and throttles revving. While the entourage waited the RC and A.S.C. went to the front door and were greeted by a very surprised 1St Lt. Sean Wolodzko. We also met Sean’s grandfather Joseph Dellago, a US ARMY veteran of WWII. We invited our veterans outside where they boarded a car driven by Sean’s friend Brendan for the escorted ride to the Yardley American Legion 317 Hall.

Again led by Ptl. Pontarelli we crossed under the large American flag and proceed to downtown Yardley a few minutes away.

We traveled down S. Main Street and approached the Legion Hall. Standing and cheering in front of the Legion Hall were many family and friends who had assembled to greet the entourage. Our riders and guests parked their bikes and vehicles and joined the family and friends in front of the Hall.

With Sean and his family standing in front of the guests assembled, WWR ASC Len Nicoden presented Sean with our WWR Honor coin and thanked him for his dedicated service to our country. Then Tom O’Shea representing A Hero’s Welcome presented a certificate giving Sean thanks from a grateful nation. Next JD came forward and presented Sean a coin from the Combat Veterans Association. Dutch then presented honor beads to 1st Lt. Wolodzko and explained the significance of the colors in the string.

We then had the very special honor of recognizing the service of

WWII US ARMY veteran Joseph L.Dellago, age 98. Mr. Dellago was a Chief Warrant Officer and served in Sicily, North Africa and France. He is the proud grandfather of 1st Lt. Wolodzko. Vietnam veteran Pete Flowers presented Mr. Dellago our WWR honor coin and told him how much his service to our country means to all of us. Michelle Rooney then came forward and pinned a corsage on Mr. Dellago’s lapel.

Sean then offered thanks to all of his family and friends who had come out to celebrate his return. He said that he was glad to be back in The United States of America and also thanked both of his grandfathers who he said were his role models. Maryrose Wolodzko then thanked all of those assembled and asked that we observe a moment of silence remembering all men and women who have served who never came home. She asked that we remember that there are still men and women serving now in harm’s way and asked that we keep them in our prayers and always support our troops.

In true WWR tradition we then formed for a group picture with Sean joined by his very proud family and friends standing behind a Welcome Home banner. After mugging and hugging we departed to allow Sean and his family to enjoy and celebrate his welcome home party in peace.

Warriors Watch Riders would like to thank John, Maryrose, Genevieve, Joseph Delago and the entire Wolodzko and Dellago families for the honor of participating in this very well deserved welcome home ceremony. We would also like to thank the Yardley Makefield Fire department for their patriotic display and participation. We are also grateful to Ptl. Pontarelli and the Lower Makefield PD for leading our procession and for keeping our journey safe and protected.

 

ARMY STRONG

 

Respectfully submitted by RC HowardK

Pictures courtesy of Bikerider, Anthony and Will Janssen