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A hero's welcome for Lansdale soldier

Saturday, March 05, 2011
, Shirleen Allicot
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A Montgomery County soldier comes home to a hero's welcome in Lansdale Saturday afternoon.

They've done it hundreds of times, but every mission is different.

"We're going to go up the street. We're going to pull in to the families business and home, we're going to make a u-turn and then pick up our marine," explains Dennis Jolly.

It's an important job, and they do it well. The Warrior's Watch Riders and A Hero's Welcome are getting ready to honor yet another local troop who made it home safely.

"The marine does not know about it, but we worked it all out with the dad," said Jolly.

With a caravan of leather, headbands and shades, they all go to honor a hero.

Lance Corporal Andrew Schwartz just got back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The 21 year old, who is about to get married, was definitely shocked when one by one he was met with a barrage of "Thank you for your service" and "welcome homes".

"We don't do it for that, we do it because that's what we signed on to do, it's always nice to be appreciated though," said Lance Cpl. Andrew Schwartz.

"We want to make sure people know how important it is that these kids know that they're supported while they're over there. These images will go overseas, and it'll give them heart, to know that we support them," said Wayne Lutz.

And the founder of Warrior's Watch, Wayne Lutz, says they'll keep on riding.

"We do it three four times a week, and we're never going to stop," said Lutz.

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