Operation Welcome Home surprises a Hometown Hero
Today, in my town, Martinez, CA, I was honored to attend a Welcome Home celebration for local soldier, Specialist Jeremy Scott. Specialist Scott enlisted in the Army immediately out of Alhambra High School. He joined the Infantry because he wanted to serve and protect his country. The community gathered to surprise Spc. Scott at the park at City Hall. The Diablo Valley Flag Brigade organized today’s event as well as over 300 more Operation Welcome Home events.
“On Dec. 24th. 2005, Christmas eve, we started a tradition of honoring our returning service members by organizing an event known as “Operation Welcome Home”, a celebration to show our support and recognition for their service to our country.”
The Warriors Watch Riders met and escorted Spc. Scott and his family from the airport last night. Upon leaving him at his home, they said, “We’ll see you around.” This afternoon at lunch at a local restaurant, Spc. Scott was flabbergasted when the many motorcycles and men he met last night showed up at the restaurant and prepared to escort him to downtown Martinez for a surprise celebration.
The community gathered at City Hall and lined the street to await the arrival of The Warriors Watch Riders escorting Specialist Scott and his family. It was
exciting to be part of this celebration and I was teary eyed throughout the entire event. There were many members of the Martinez community on hand for the Welcome Home Celebration. The local Contra Costa Fire Department station was represented as was the Martinez Police Department.
Specialist Scott was deployed to Afghanistan for the last year wear he served in security roles for his unit. He has plans to continue in the Army and is working toward becoming an instructor. He is proud to serve his country and the City political figures in attendance as well as the Martinez Police were thrilled to hear that when he is out of the Army he would like to return to Martinez and serve as a police officer.
The crowd cheered and waved as Specialist Scott arrived in a cool red hot rod with his motorcycle
escort. Upon his arrival, he was lead through a contingent of members of the Local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter as well as the local American Legion post.
It was an honor to see so many members of our military services from past wars and conflicts. We had members of all branches. Vietnam War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, WWII veterans came out to meet the new soldier on his return home.
The Blue Star Moms Chapters 20 & Blue Star Moms Chapter 101 welcomed Specialist Scott and presented him with one of their Patriotic Themed Pillowcases they provide to active duty service members from all branches as part of Operation Pillowcase.
The members of the Warriors Watch Riders presented Specialist Scott with a Challenge Coin from their group. Local politicians and government officials and
Local politicians and government officials present declarations and proclamations. Mayor Rob Schroder declares August 16, 2014 as Specialist Jeremy Scott Day in Martinez. Mayor Schroder called the Martinez Police Department to the front as well.
It was great to see the community come out to support our members of the military. The community also wants to thank and celebrate the service of the families of the members of all branches of our military. As was mentioned today, The Families Serve When They Serve. Parents, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and all family members spend time at home worrying and praying for their loved ones while they are deployed.
I and the rest of the Martinez thank the Parents and Family of Specialist Scott for raising and loving a fine young American.
Specialist Scott’s Mother, Father, Brother , Grandmother, Uncle and Cousin were present for the ceremony.
As the organizers said today, America is in great shape with the members of the Armed Forces we have that have volunteered their services down to their lives. I am proud to be an American and offer my thanks to all who have served and are serving. I have family and friends that serve today and I thank them for that service.