TETERBORO, NJ -- Two brothers who will be deploying on separate missions for the United States Marine Corps soon received a couple of giant surprises on Sunday as they received a hero's sendoff from the local community. The day's events were coordinated by A Hero's Welcome North Jersey.
The day began for Ethan and Noah with tickets to the New York Giants/Dallas Cowboys game, provided by Daikin Applied. After the game, they received a surprise escort from the New Jersey State Police and the Warriors' Watch Riders. The VIP convoy snaked through East Rutherford, Moonachie, Wood-Ridge, Hasbrouck Heights, and Teterboro en route to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse where they were cheered by dozens of members of the community, area residents, former Marines, parents and children, members of Hasbrouck Heights Boy Scout Troop 17, and the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department and EMS, with flags and banners.
"Look at this!," the brothers said. "This is amazing!"
Ethan and Noah received plaques to recognize their "service and sacrifice." presented by Rick Merchant of Warriors' Watch Riders. The brothers also posed for photos with some of the youngsters in attendance. Many of the adults shook hands, wished them well, and thanked the brothers for their service to the country. The brothers, along with their father Nathan, and brother, were treated to dinner compliments of BJ's.
"I was overwhelmed by the community support and all of the organizations that came out and had a hand in making this happen," said Rose Pagan, director of A Hero's Welcome North Jersey. "The father and boys were so grateful...they kept saying 'This is amazing!'"
A Hero’s Welcome is an organization that insures all service members receive a proper welcome home. Warriors' Watch Riders is an umbrella group, organized to support U.S. servicemen, past and present, and their families. They work closely with A Hero’s Welcome and other troop support groups providing motorcycle escorts for military personnel deploying or returning from home from service.
(Editor's Note: due to the nature of the brothers' assignments, last names, hometown, and deployment locations were intentionally omitted from the article.)