Welcome Home, Richard, Now Feel the Biker Noise
The Last Patrol MC members
Staff Sgt. Richard Jose had the Christmas pleasure of enjoying an experience usually reserved for Presidents and visiting dignitaries – a motorcycle escort and a cheering crowd of friends and admirers to welcome him home.
A veteran of 18 years in the Army, Jose came back earlier this month from a second tour of duty in Iraq to a hero’s welcome from the Yellow Ribbon Club, an Evesham, PA. group which provides support for returning soldiers. Part of his welcome home came in the form of a a caravan of motorcycles to herald his return.
Richard Jose, left, lends a hand to fellow vet Joshua Henderson. Photo by Ryan Morton, ASA-Dix Public Affairs
The welcoming committee included the state police, local police officers and firefighters, politicians, members of local veterans groups and motorcycle clubs who donate their time and effort to welcome home returning soldiers. The whole shindig is put on by Yellow Ribbon Club, a group who specialize in “rock-star” homecomings.
“It’s not very easy to surprise me, but they got me today,” said Jose.
The various Yellow Ribbon Clubs coordinate and attend celebrations to welcome veterans home in style – and they put on one hell of a show. The typical celebration includes the local fire department, local police department, emergency medical services, Warriors’ Watch Riders, Patriot Guard, Last Patrol Riders, Nam Knights as a thank you to military vets.
Jose, a Chesapeake, Va., native is stationed at the same base as his daughter, Danielle. Jose was a platoon sergeant for the 77th Special Troops Battalion and previously served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006.