PHOENIXVILLE PA – Maria Hyland, director of the “A Hero’s Welcome” organization and mother of the group’s founder, Pottsgrove High School graduate Sharon Hyland Keyser, will be honored Thursday (Feb. 18, 2016) during the annual Local Hero Award Reception sponsored by the Valley Forge Volunteer Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
A Hero’s Welcome was created to ensure that all members of the military returning from service are properly welcomed back home, and their duty to their country is appropriately recognized, according to its website. What began as a small local effort now consists of many chapters nationwide.
The reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Freedoms Foundation located off Route 23 in Phoenixville, will open with the JROTC Color Guard from Owen J. Roberts High School. It will present and retire the colors.
The keynote speaker will be Lee Sorenson, vice president of Global Supply Chain Management for Lockheed Martin Information Technology.
In addition to receiving the chapter award, according to Education Chairman Mary Archey, Hyland will also be presented with citations from state Sen. John Rafferty, and state Reps. Warren Kampf, Tom Quigley, and Marcy Toepel, all of whom will attend. Rep. Costello will be represented by Kori Walter.
Dr. John Maher, president of Chapter 436 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, will present A Hero’s Welcome with a $1,000 donation.