FORT MYERS, Fla. - Veterans who never received a proper "welcome home" want to make sure today's service men and women aren't forgotten.
The group "Warriors Watch Ride" recently formed a chapter in Southwest Florida, made up of Vietnam and cold war veterans, as well as citizens who want to support the troops.
"We have an honor coin that says, never again will an American warrior be scorned or ridiculed," said Warriors Watch Riders SWFL state coordiator Bud Stilwell. "We do not ever want another American to come back to what we got. We never got welcomed home."
Wednesday night, the group helped welcome Lance Corporal Connel Parsons as he returned to Southwest Florida International Airport. The South Fort Myers High School grad has been serving in Afghanistan since October, and returned home on a 30 day leave. His sister asked the group to be present to give her brother a proper homecoming.
"It's very heartwarming, it's great," said Ashley Parsons. "It shows they really support what everyone's over there doing."