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Warriors’ Watch Rider’s has received a request from the proud father of Army Sgt. Timothy Bouyea to help him welcome home his son from Afghanistan during his mid deployment leave.

On Sunday 3/11 about 30 Member’s of Warriors’ Watch Rider’s Rallied on a beautiful brisk sunny morning, joined by A Hero’s Welcome, 5 fire trucks from Boothwyn and Upper Chichester PD to give this Soldier a welcome home he wouldn’t soon forget.

We made plans with Sgt. Bouyea’s father Rick to have him taken out to a local IHOP for Sunday morning breakfast with the family so we could do a restaurant invasion and surprise him. The restaurant manager was expecting us and led us to his table. Once we all crammed in we announced the welcome home for this soldier and the patrons were as enthusiastic as the rest of us and joined in our cheers of welcome home!

After departing the restaurant we line up our motorcade with the assistance of Delaware State Police and led by PD and three fire trucks for the ten mile escort. The State Police and other first responder’s pretty much closed I 95 for our parade to the soldier’s home town.

Upon arrival at the family home in Boothwyn we gathered to present our honor coin. Joining us at our destination was Pa. State Rep of the 160thDistrict Stephen Barrar. Rep. Barrar presented our soldier with our State Flag and thanked him for his service.

We presented Sgt Bouyea with our Honor Coin and Maria presented A Hero’s Welcome Certificate and did plenty of hugging and back slapping. This soldier and his family were truly blown away by the show of support from the community.

Sgt. Bouyea and his family were kind enough to share the spotlight today with another person deserving recognition for their service to our country!

When we met State Rep. Barrar yesterday it was the first time he had witnessed firsthand what we do for our service member’s. He told us of his return to the States in 1975 when he was told he shouldn’t wear his uniform upon return from service during the Vietnam War for fear of the negative reception he would get.

Rep. Barrar has spent his life, including 7 terms as State Representative dedicated to “being a champion for those who risk their lives to preserve our way of life including volunteer Fire Fighters, First Responders, Veteran’s and Military Personnel

Today Warriors’ Watch Rider’s, A Hero’s Welcome, and the community gave Rep. Stephen Barrar the welcome home he deserved by presenting him with our Honor Coin, Certificate and our gratitude for dedicating his life to the service of our community.