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Motorcade to welcome home local Marine

A local Marine who has returned from a tour in Afghanistan will be honored Saturday afternoon with a motorcade from his home to a private reception at McCurry Park.

Citizens who wish to show their honor and respect to Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho are asked to line McDonough Road no later than 12:30 to greet the motorcade as it arrives at McCurry Park, organizers said.

Werho, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School, has returned stateside with his fellow Marines following his 2nd Batallion’s stint in Marjah and Sangin Afghanistan.

The motorcade will be led by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and the Patriot Guard Riders.



Why this guy?

NUK_1's picture

You got some gripe about it, air it out. Otherwise, you come off like the typical person who has nothing better to do besides groan/moan/whine about everything.

Not griping at all. I was just curious about the rest of the story. When these guys come back from overseas they usually don't get a motorcade unless they did something above and beyond. Did the author of this story just get bored half way threw writing it and decide to just quit?

Because he served to protect us in Fayette County so that we can continue to enjoy our life here in relative peace. I hope that all towns are 'welcoming' their military persons in a style befitting an expression of gratitude. I love what I see at the Jackson-Hartsfield Airport - the volunteers welcoming returning military as they come through the 'gates'.

Lol that is such a classic mom answer. You really have no idea what the real answer is to my question so you just made something up to guilt trip me into feeling guilty for even asking.

Look, I agree we really can't do enough nice things to show our support and gratitude for these fine ladies and gentlemen who so proudly serve and protect our country. I have several friends who have also served in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as other place, where was there motorcade.

Others expressed what I felt-and did not 'make up'. Communities should show gratitude to all who serve. I'm not at all concerned about your feeling of guilt. That's on you- whoever you are.

As a parent with children in the military (though not currently deployed), the "Why this guy?" question was the first thing I thought of, too. I fully support showing the support of the community, but what about all the other service members who are also returning home from being deployed?

Back during the Gulf War, the city of Fayetteville had a board outside of City Hall where they had plaques of all those that were deployed. It was a very supportive gesture, but not one that was repeated when we went to war again.

I would love to see something done, community-wide, to show support for all of our deployed military residents. I believe that too many just don't realize how many are still "over there." Maybe even just a section here on this website? Something. Anything. Because they and their families need our support NOW, not just when they come home injured or worse.

We are used to seeing motorcycle riders popping their mufflers and flags a-flying pretty often calling attention to a veteran coming home dead, and some alive.
I see where some were interested as to exactly what the veteran had done to deserve such a parade! It didn't say in the paper.
It doesn't matter! If the family or friends want to do this, what on earth difference does it make?

I recall some coming home from the Korean Conflict after serving and in their uniform, with people asking them when they joined the service and were they in a war? Didn't know they were gone and that a real war was in progress somewhere!

Roman soldiers used to come home to Rome in a large parade with the trumpets with long tubes and the shouting Senators and citizens welcoming them, then asking what bounty they had brought from the war?
They didn't notice that each group was short half of the soldiers that left didn't return!

Viet Nam returnees kinda had to sneak back in at the airports and bus station---without uniforms if possible.
It usually is false pride to act patriotic at such gatherings---most don't really care that have nothing or any one involved.
Oh, they say in conversation that they care greatly, but do nothing---not even vote to pay them more or hop onto the VA and the hospitals for mistreatment. That is what they want and need---not mouth.

[quote=roundabout]If the family or friends want to do this, what on earth difference does it make?[/quote]

I don't think I made myself clear in my original post. I was not saying that this Marine shouldn't have this kind of homecoming. It was more of a "Why aren't we doing this for ALL of them?"

My own father is a Vietnam Vet. I know full well how poorly they were treated. And I love to see the USO in action at Hartsfield, partly because of that.

We should let them all know how much they are appreciated! I know first hand how lonely it can be in airports and bus stations, thank God for organizations like the USO. -GP

Yes, I remember the USO, especially the one in Boston Common. Tickets to anything--even the Boston Braves, I think.

However, that is from donations mostly.

What is really needed for these guys is a no-hassle college or trade expenses; all the world allows for treatment of combat or accident wounds and follow up; and wouldn't hurt to give them a job due to their maturity!

They know then that the appreciation isn't just mouth action but real benefits and that means appreciated. They recognize BS!

That explains a lot. You came south and never left, you know that added an adjective to yankee! J/K tho, my wife is from New Hampshire. BTW, talking about pay, when I went thru basic we rec a whopping $99.00....per Month! When I left AIT as PFC it went up to 129. Course I could fly almost anywhere standby for 20 bucks back then, not the same dollars we have now. And landing at Logan? That was more like a controlled crash-LOL. -GP

No, I was born in Virginia.
Been in Georgia since 1980.

I was in the military for a hitch and saw a lot of New England. Been to Hampton Beach N.H. The Cape. Red Sox Games.
Learned how to pock thu kaw, open thu draww, etc. Lot of Catholics!

Boston had a lot of bars----best ones were the neighborhood ones.

Ate something called quahogs or something like that! Instead of everybody being 4th-5th generation Scots-Irish, they were 2nd generation Irish, Italians, Jews, Germans, etc.
Learned to get along.

CombatCorrespondent's picture

[quote=Georgia Patriot]I know first hand how lonely it can be in airports and bus stations, thank God for organizations like the USO. -GP[/quote]

The USO is still out there for the military guys and girls. They have USO centers and/or do tours to places you can barely imagine!! In Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, UAE, DJibouti, Guam, Hawaii, Germany, Turkey, Korea, Kyrgystan. They even do events for the Sailors and Marines on ships at sea!!

It is a nice touch of home for these kids so far from home. During a show, these kids are taken away from the war they are in the middle of for a couple of hours. Their minds are allowed to forget where they are and you can see that in their faces.

Another thing you don't hear enough about are the musicians, actors, athletes and other entertainers who donate their time to go visit the troops in some dangerous places. But they do, every day.

As a contract photographer for the USO, I have been on about 25 tours with all sorts of people. Country, Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap (Yeah when's the last time you heard something positive about Hip-Hop or Rap?), comdedians, NFL football players (Drew Brees has been on at least four of them!), pro golfers (You cannot IMAGINE how popular golf is with the military guys and girls!).

Here are a couple of links to some of my personal favorites from the tours I have been on:


You are truly great at your 'art'. These pictures of the best of America are outstanding! My grandson sang the praises of the USO! Thanks for sharing . . . and capturing great pictures of our sons and daughters - and pictures of the people who reside in the countries where they serve.

mjm1204's picture

I would rather see a thousand motorcades welcoming home an ALIVE troop than a dead one any day of the week.

You have no idea the mental and physical toll of being in a war zone for an extended period of time can do. Any positivity we can bring to a troop coming back is a good thing.

Get the ___ over it.

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. - Ronald Reagan

Each and every one of them deserve a welcome home like this one. It was an honor to volunteer my time to be there to honor this HERO.

What did he do that was special? He volunteered and wrote his name on a blank check to defend our freedom. He gave up his life of pleasure to serve. He is in a group of less than 1% who have done this.

There are many of us who would love to welcome home all of them. Just let us know and we will be there! But we have to know.


I agree that any time a soldier returns safely from a deployment to a combat zone, it is indeed a joyous occasion and a reason to celebrate. I would caution, however, on the use of "HERO". As a veteran of 2 1/2 yrs in a combat zone (Vietnam), I believe that word is too freely applied to some who serve without experiencing anything approaching "Hero" status. Those who have been in such situations will understand; those who haven't won't.

CombatCorrespondent's picture

I'm very glad the Citizen put this up on their website.

Each of these young men and women deserve to have a welcome home reception like Lance Corporal Werho!

We as a nation, are lucky to have young men and women like this who will put their lives on hold and sometimes give their lives for the country they love.

When I spoke with a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, he told me that he has personally ridden escort for at least three Marines from Lance Corporal Werho's unit, the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, aka "Hell In A Helmet". These three Marines and many other of our service men and women never got the chance to be welcomed home. I beleive they would say it is entirely fitting that Bradley Werho's family and friends welcome him home the way they did!

One of the highlights of my nearly 24 years in and around the military was being able to celebrate the 235th Birthday of the U. S. Marine Corps at Kandahar Air Field, in Afghanistan about three months ago. These kids are simply amazing!

I was luckey enough to be at Lance Corporal Werho's welcome home celebration this past Saturday and shake his hand!

Here are some photos from Saturday:

Welcome home Brad and Semper Fi Marine!!

For protecting us, welcome home! -GP

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