Welcome Home SeaBee Anthony Wren!
Mission Report; NEPA 4/23/2010 Welcome Home SeaBee Anthony Wren!
Friends, mission reports are never easy to write. Yes, it is supposed to
be simply a matter of who, where, when, why, how...like a good
journalist would do. Be we are not journalists, not unbiased reporters.
We get "emotionally involved" in our writing, because as Patriots who
love, honor, and respect those who serve out country, we should!
I'll start this report with the announcement of the mission, as written
by Amy, Founder of Rolling Angels for Armed Forces...
We have Navy SeaBee EO2 SCW Anthony Wren, son of Richard Wren, coming in
Avoca on Friday April 23 Arriving at 12:30pm, we ask that all riders/
be at the airport by noon. He is with the NMCB74, was stationed at Camp
Leatherneck Afghanistan as he worked on all FOB Units while deployed
all units for troop surges. He is presently in Kuwait and anxious to get
His father personally asked that we make sure "Joe Public" sees him come
"keep these men and women fresh in the minds of all, so they don't
Today, Navy SeaBee EO2 SCW Anthony Wren arrived at the Wilkes Barre/Scranton
International Airport to be greeted by grateful American Patriots,
perhaps fifty in number. Family, friends, and like most of us, those who
did not know him, but honored him as a brother, a son, an American Hero.
Northeast Pennsylvania was represented today by members of so many
organizations, this is why it is hard to write a report! To name all,
omit no one! We saw Soldiers' Angels, Rolling Angels for Armed Forces,
American Legion Riders, Friends of the Forgotten, and of course
Warriors' Watch Riders. We saw individuals, unaffiliated with any group.
We saw bystanders, caught up in the excitement.
As SeaBee Wren came down the ramp, a cheer went up, flags were flying,
and he was soon inundated with hugs and mugs from well-wishers, all
thankful to see one more young American, home again.
After all of the excitement inside the airport, everyone proceeded
outside, where a motorcade of thirty to forty flagged motorcycles
waited, to escort him to his home in Wilkes Barre, PA. Many non-riding
Patriots joined in cars and trucks. The escort led us about ten miles on
Interstate 81, at a speed slightly slower than most of the traffic. This
allowed the traffic to pass us, and become aware that the reason for
this motorcade was a Hero's Homecoming.
As we left the interstate and proceeded through the city of Wilkes Barre,
to the home of SeaBee Wren, it was obvious that his neighbors were aware
of this event. The school across the street had the student population
out on the sidewalk to cheer! Houses flew flags! Their Hometown Hero was
At the family home, pizza, wings, sodas were waiting, as were family,
friends and neighbors.
Anthony Wren is home for a relatively short, but well-deserved break. He
expects to be deployed again in a month, for an eight-month tour in
Spain. But, today, he is home...Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA!
Much gratitude goes to Rolling Angels for Armed Forces for arranging
this mission and inviting us to participate, to Warriors' Watch Riders
Northeast PA Assistant State Coordinators Curt Heitmeyer and Dave Corby
for their contacts with Pennsylvania State Police, and Dave's leadership
through the city streets, to Soldiers' Angels Support for their support,
to Friends of the Forgotten, American Legion Riders, and all others who
attended today. We even had some very special guests...WWR founder Wayne
"Gazeebo" Lutz, National Coordinator Tony "T" Fialkowski...and two
others....oh, yes! A Senator and Vice President of the US happened to be
at the airport. We did not see them, nor did they see us, but but if
they did, they would have seen a piece of the America...the Patriotism
that they have been elected to serve!
Al "Bluesman" Philo
Warriors' Watch Riders PA State Coordinator, Northeast Region (Scranton