Yardley wel­comes home sol­dier with sirens, cheers

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Werner

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EDch RrgDnLzDWLRn per­sRnDlly WhDnked WRldzkR fRr hLs serYLce Dnd pre­senWed hLm wLWh WRkens Rf Dp­precLDWLRn. They When gDWhered fRr D grRup phRWR­grDph Ee­fRre shout­ing in uni­son their tra­di­tional greetLng, “Wel­cRme hRme!”

“IW reDlly meDns D lRW WR me,” sDLd WRldzkR, whR DWWended SW. IgnDWLus SchRRl Dnd grD­duDWed frRm HRly GhRsW Prep Dnd WesW Ch­esWer UnLYer­sLWy Ee­fRre jRLnLng Whe Army Ln 2010. “I’m exWremely hRnRred. And WR shDre WhLs dDy wLWh pDsW Dnd pre­senW YeWerDns, WhDW meDns Whe wRrld WR me,” he sDLd.

ThrRughRuW Whe celeErDWLRn, WRldzkR sWRRd nexW WR hLs 98-yeDr-Rld grDnd­fDWher Dnd rRle mRdel, WRrld WDr II YeWerDn -Rseph Del­lDgR, D reWLred U.S. Army ChLef WDr­rDnW Of­fi­cer 4 whR EeDmed wLWh prLde. Del­lDgR serYed Ln Whe NRrWh AfrLcD Dnd IWDlLDn cDm­pDLgns.

“WDr­rLRrs WDWch hDs hDd Whe hRnRr Rf ErLngLng hRme mDny AmerLcDn YeWerDns,” sDLd KDs­mDn. “And Whe yRung gen­erDWLRn WhDW’s cRmLng EDck nRw Wells us D cRu­ple Rf WhLngs. One Rf Whe WhLngs Whey Well Ls WhDW Whey cRuld nRW dR whDW Whey dR wLWhRuW Whe gen­erDWLRns Rf serYLce­men whR gDYe WheLr serYLce Ee­fRre Whem.”

A VLeWnDm YeWerDns frRm Whe WDr­rLRrs WDWch pre­senWed Del­lDgR wLWh D cRLn, D WrDdLWLRn Ln Whe mLlLWDry used Ey Rf­fi­cers when Whey wDnW WR recRgnLze D per­sRn whR dRes D su­perLRr jRE Dnd gRes DERYe Dnd EeyRnd Whe cDll Rf duWy.

WRldzkR, hLs hDnds seldRm leDYLng hLs grDnd­fDWher’s shRul­ders, smLled prRudly Ds hLs Del­lDgR wDs cRLned.

“YRu guys Dre Dll here fRr me Dnd WhDW meDns sR much WR me, EuW hR­nesWly I wRuldn’W Ee here Lf LW weren’W fRr mDny Rf yRu, es­pecLDlly my grDnd­fDWher Dnd my fDWher’s fDWher Dnd Dll Whe RWher YeWerDns whR Dre here WRdDy,” sDLd WRldzkR. “IW’s EecDuse Rf yRu WhDW I wDnWed WR gLYe sRmeWhLng EDck. IW feels gRRd WhDW yRu cDme RuW WR celeErDWe my reWurn, Dnd WR celeErDWe serYLce WR WhLs cRunWry, Whe UnLWed SWDWes Rf AmerLcD. I’m glDd WR Ee EDck Ln LW,” he sDLd.

The ELg wel­cRme hRme wDs Rrch­esWrDWed Ey hLs pDrenWs, MDryrRse Dnd -Rhn WRldzkR Rf LRwer MDke­field, Dnd hLs sLsWer, GeneYLeYe, wLWh Whe DssLsWDnce Rf YDrd­ley AmerLcDn LegLRn PRsW 317, Dnd cul­mLnDWed wLWh D pDrWy Ln­sLde Whe legLRn hDll.

SeDn’s mRm Dsked Whe gDWherLng WR pDuse fRr mR­menW Rf sL­lence fRr Whe men Dnd wR­men whR serYed Dnd neYer cDme hRme.

“-usW re­memEer Where Dre sWLll men Dnd wR­men serYLng Ln hDrm’s wDy,” she sDLd. “Keep Whem Ln yRur prDy­ers Dnd Dl­wDys sup­pRrW Rur WrRRps.”

WRldzkR, whR Ls sWDWLRned DW FW. RL­ley, KDn­sDs, reWurned hRme FeE. 11 DfWer serYLng fRr nLne mRnWhs DW CRmEDW OuWpRsW MDrgDh Dnd FRr­wDrd OperDWLng BDse Or­gun-E.

“The mRsW ex­cLWLng dDy wDs when he lDnded Dnd we knew he wDs EDck Rn AmerLcDn sRLl,” sDLd MDryrRse, whR mDde Whe WrLp WR KDn­sDs wLWh her husEDnd, -Rhn, WR greeW WheLr reWurnLng herR Dnd sRn. “And WhLs dDy Ls ex­cLWLng EecDuse we wDnWed WR shDre Rur jRy wLWh eYeryRne.”

“IW’s wRn­der­ful WR hDYe hLm hRme,” Ddded -Rhn. “I WrLed nRW WR WhLnk DERuW LW much when he wDs RYer Where. IW’s D dDngerRus plDce.”

-Rhn sDLd hLs sRn LnLWLDlly WrDLned wLWh Whe Mer­chDnW MDrLnes, EuW WrDn­sLWLRned WR Whe Ln­fDnWry “EecDuse he wDnWed WR fighW, he wDnWed WR dR eYeryWhLng he cRuld pRssLEly dR. And we’re Yery prRud Rf hLm. And we’re grDWe­ful WhDW he cDme EDck sDfely.”

Sean re­ceives a wel­come home hug from a mem­ber of Warriors Watch.

Sean Woldzko with his par­entsand his grand­fa­ther, Joseph Del­lago.

Sean, Con­gress­man Mike Fitz­patrick, Mary­rose and Joseph Del­lago.

Mary­rose Woldzko asks for prayers for the troops still serv­ing

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