Letters from 2010


Card from the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

December, 2010

Maine Troop Greeters...
Wanted to say thank you for all that you do for our troops and for setting an example for the country we all love. Been through your post a few times before, but this last one was special to me. I had a close friend that was KIA just a couple of weeks before our unit went to Maine to deploy ourselves, and he was in the remembrance book that you keep. Thank you for that and its comforting to know that you take pride in the upkeep and accuracy of the fallen. Thank you.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
"Semper Fidelis"
Matthew P., SGT/USA
A Co. 3-116.


December 22, 2010

About five years ago, I got on a plane with the Marine Corps and made my way to Iraq. This is my third tour in country. I have to say thank you for the support from the Maine Troop Greeters, and what you provide to the sailors, airmen, marines and soldiers. To receive gratitude and recognition from the greeters, I have to admit, that is by far, besides mail, that is a phenomenal morale booster. It shows great appreciation to me, and I hope to all my fellow service members. Sometimes we have no one to lean on, but the Maine Troop Greeters gave us a way. I just truly feel that you all express the statement, "We Support Our Troops". Thank you again and have a Happy Holidays.
Very Respectfully,
HM2 (FMF) Webs P.


December 10, 2010

It's far too long in coming, but I wanted to express to you my heartfelt gratitude for what you to for us (deployed personnel). I was on the May 31, 2009 flight en route to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan after 15 months. Someone had mentioned in passing what we would see upon our arrival in Maine, but hearing about it and seeing it are always two quite different pictures. That day in Bangor, Maine will always hold a special place in my heart.

First, it's not quite right to make a female Lieutenant Colonel cry in public!! :) Your greeters were so amazing and genuine and they touched each and every one of us coming off that plane.

Second, thank you and all the people who have made it possible for the phones and phone calls we are able to make from the airport. I had contacted my personal cell phone provider and my phone was supposed to have been turned back on by May 31...but, it wasn't. The ability to call my husband and have him relay to all the family waiting for me at Fort Campbell was absolutely priceless!

Third, all the greeters really are genuine...they care enough to talk to us and are truly interested in what we have to say. No one can ask for more. I truly hope all your greeters know how much they are appreciated.

I'm so glad to have been a small part of what you do, but that "small part" on that day is truly so HUGE to all of us just arriving back after so long. Those hours spent waiting on the refuel were made so much better having a piece of home waiting for us right there in the airport. Thank you once again and may God continue to bless you all!

Regards,
Janice S


December 6, 2010

To all who greeted Soldiers of 1-41FA, 3ID, a big THANK YOU for bringing a smile to all of us. We thank you and appreciate all the hospitality you have shown. May God Bless you and your families and we wish all of you a HAPPY HOLIDAY.
--SFC Benjamin.


December 5, 2010

Just very thankful that our troops made it. So glad there were people there to greet them. My husband was very glad. Thanks once again!:)


December 4, 2010

Thank you for all you do. I wish my brother, who served twice in Vietnam, had received this kind of support. It is so very important! Thank you again and God bless you!!!


November 27, 2010

Thank you so much for welcoming my son Marine Sgt. Jared D. back into the United States. You don't know how relieved and happy I am to have him home and safe. Your kindess was very much appreciated!


November 26, 2010

THANK YOU for your support! My son called me today from Bangor Int'l Airport to say good bye. He is off to Afghanisitan for a 1 year deployment. He was telling me about the greetings and how much it meant to him. It brought tears to my eyes knowing that he was not alone and that your group was there for him.
Hugs,
Terese E., mother of Petty Officer 1st Class George P.


November 21, 2010

Thank you for your support and your kindess. It means so much to all the soldiers and their families. My husband was one of the soldiers stopping in Maine on Nov 18, 2010 and he truly appreciated your support. Thank you, Kerstin


November 20, 2010

Thank you thank you! It is so good see a picture of my husband, Sgt. S., on his trip to Kuwait. God bless you all for helping love these soldiers through this tough journey away from their families and to their mission.


November 19, 2010

What an incredible blessing. Thank you for honoring our soldiers. My son was in the group you all greeted yesterday. God Bless you and God Bless America.
Pattie, a grateful mom

I wanted to thank you so much for what you do. My son was in the November group to go out and it is his first deployment. I know it meant a lot to him and it means much to me that he was part of what you do. To have a little touch of home send off means quite a bit to our soldiers. Thanks again for the time you take to make sure that each soldier feels special and appreciated.
Liz H.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am for what you do. I saw on your website pictures of my brother and one of my brother-in-laws who just left Maine a few days ago for Iraq and it means so much to me that someone was there to greet them. My husband and another brother-in-law flew to Iraq a few days later and I am not sure if they went through Maine (I am pretty sure they did), but I am glad that they got the recognition that they deserve. I think one of my next vacations will be to Maine to volunteer, because what you are all doing is just amazing and I think that our Service men and women deserve all we can give them.


November 18, 2010

Thank you so much for supporting our troops. It is so hard to see them go, but so nice to see them getting recognition for their sacrifice! Keep up the great work! God bless!

I cannot thank you enough for being there for the veterans when the families couldn't be.. My son Derek F., is enroute to country I can only pray he has a happier face on when he returns to the lovely state of Maine. Again, I thank you all the Troop Greeters!


November 17, 2010

I just wanted to spend a moment to thank you for what you do to support the troops coming thru Bangor, Maine. You guys really lifted the spirits of every Soldier who walked thru your gates. I hear everyday about how American's "Support the Troops" but actions speak more loudly than words and your actions told us you are "Army Strong" in your words and actions.
So, thank you from the bottom of my heart from all of the troops of 4th Infantry Division. We went through on 11 or 12 October and I helped one of your VFW members get a ringtone on his phone. I hope it still works! :-)
Be safe and keep up the great work. If you want ot keep in touch with the 4th Infantry Division and what we are doing here in Northern Iraq, please become our friend on facebook and see what were doing and share it with all your friends. We loved your enthusiasm and would love to stay in touch!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Division-North-4th-Infantry-Division/119707851374768

MSG Carmen D., United States Division-North, Public Affairs

To the wonderful people in Maine who greeted these fabulous soldiers - thank you so very much. We are extremely proud of our son and all of our soldiers. It's fabulous to know there are great people in Maine that "go the extra mile" for our soldiers, too. Thank you again! God Bless You All!!


November 15, 2010

My son was one of hundreds of men & women who went through the airport late last night, on November 14th. What a delight for me as a Mom to be able to see the warm reception you gave him there. I am inspired by your service and thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Jean M.
Mom of Spec. Taylor G. M., US Army

As the Mother of a US Marine - you need to know how much your efforts are appreciated! I will never forget how emotional my "hard core" Marine son was when he described the greeting you folks extended to them as they returned from their first tour in Iraq - and stopped to refuel on the way back to Camp Pendleton, CA (September 2003). It was the first time they had been on American soil since January of 2003 - just before the war started.
He was overwhelmed that "HIS" heroes" were standing on the tarmac thanking "him". He has been a student of WWII history since he was a young boy - and at 21 - he was sincerely humbled by your show of appreciation. I can't even put it in words without choking up. He said he just kept shaking your hands and saying, "Oh no - thank YOU sir!"
I just want to say - he was more emotional about YOUR greeting than he was when he finally arrived home at the Boise, ID airport. to a hysterically happy mother, family, and friends! (Chuckle)
This marine Mom will NEVER forget your generosity, and I know my son won't either. He's a Lt. now for his beloved Marince Corp!
Thank you (as only a military mom can thank you)
Lynne


November 9, 2010

Hello,
I just viewed the pictures from yesterday's troop greeting. My husband was on that plane on his way to Afghanistan. It was really comforting to see pictures of him and my sons loved it! Thank you so much for what you do. I know they may act like it's "just my job" but they really do appreciate the support, and so do the families. We aren't able to be there to send them off, but it's great to know amazing people like you all take time out of your lives to bid the farewell and good luck.
God Bless You & Thank You so so much!
Aubrey W.
wife of GM1 Jeremy W., US Navy


November 8, 2010

Thanks to all that had a hand in greeting and taking pictures, as well as taking care of' my son, as well as all those other men and women. It warmed my heart to beable to see him once more. It is a wonderful thing you do at Maine, welcoming home and warmly sending off our special people. I can not say enough Thank Yous in my life time to express my gratitude. May God bless you! May God bless and protect our Troops!


November 5, 2010

Thank you so VERY MUCH for doing this. It made a difficult day a little easier. Knowing that people truly care and appreciate what our loved ones are doing makes all the difference in the world!!! May God bless you as he keeps our troops safe!

My son called today thanks to you. God bless you all! It made my day.

Thank you for helping these outstanding service members and their families. It means the world to have someone help out your child when you are unable to be there. A friendly smile and a few kind words or deeds make all the difference when you are in need. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


October 5, 2010

I really enjoyed perusing this gallery. The expressions of each individual person were different. Thank you for the service you are rendering to and for our country. God bless you and the USA. Please support our troops and their families!


October 4, 2010

What handsome men!!!!!! God bless you for what you do and all your support. Thank you for being there for my son when I could not.


September 28, 2010

Thank you so much for greeting my son and the rest of the troops. It's so good to know that there are people like you who support and appreciate what our men and women are doing for our country. They are truly our HEROES!! Thank you for taking care of our troops!! Love and aloooooha,
Dee from Aiea, Hawaii

Dear Maine Troop Greeters,
I have had the great opportunity to see you all again before leaving to Afghanistan. It's always good to come take a break with you all, coming back from, or going to a deployment. You bring great morale to the troops who stop by to say hi. From the Marines of CLB-2, Alpha company, 3rd PLT, we salute you Maine Troop Greeters. Thank you. Till the next time we all see you again...
SSGT S.


September 26, 2010

Thank you for the support and greetings you express to our troops as they deploy and return. You do a great service to the men, women and families who give so much for our country. I appreciate everything you do.


September, 21, 2010

Just wanted to say a quick "Thank You" I have a friend who greets soldiers at DFW everyday and I just think that what you all do is not only wonderful, but also selfless. The woman with the baby in a belly pack as she greeted them coming off the flight really caught my eye. You're all wonderful to do this. Thank you just doesnt seem to be enough.
Respectfully and thankfully,
Denise L.
Fort Hood, Texas

Thank you so much for the time and effort you all put into this program! I am so thankful to see a picture of my husband! This means a lot to me and our children! Thank you for taking the time to make a difference. And thank you to all the men and women who serve in our armed forces.


September 19, 2010

Dear Greeters,
Being a frequent visitor to Maine from Boston, I found out, through the Bangor Daily News which gives great military coverage in all respects; the wonderful care you all give the troops on arrival and departure. My brother served in the Army in Vietnam in the 70's & I'm sure he came and went from the Bangor airport. I had the opportunity to see the documentary of your work * my eyes remained teared up the entire time.
Sincerely & gratefully,
Katherine J.


September, 2010

Just a thank you for all you do to help the morale of our young men and women in the military, especially those heading to the mid east. My son sent me your web site yesterday. He is a Marine traveling from California to Afghanistan. It helps me to know there are people like you out there and that our country is not totally lost..
Sincerely, Linda K.

To the Maine Troop Greeters,
I just wanted to send a note to thank the Maine Troop Greeters for what you are doing.
My husband recently left for his deployment and had a stop-over in Bangor, Maine. He told me how much he appreciated the greeters being there... how it helped his morale and brought some cheer after having to leave his family the day before.
Thank you for the time you took to meet him and all the many others over the years. Sincerely, Bonnie O., Veteran and Proud Wife of SMSgt Michael O.


September 17, 2010

Hello,
I want to thank you for the good work that you are doing in greeting our troops when they pass through Bangor. My son, Lance Corporal Ross G. - USMC made his way through Bangor last night on his way to Afghanistan and you kind folks were there to meet him. He sent me a text message about it and asked me to check out your web site to see his picture. It is an honorable thing that you are doing and your efforts are greatly appreciated. May God bless you.
Kind Regards and Semper Fi,
Eric C. G.


September 14, 2010

25th CAB, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii - headed home!! Thank You so much for the support and the welcome when made our stop through!!! Plus it was my birthday!!! :)
SGT C.A.


September 13, 2010

Thanks so much for all these wonderful pictures ! When I saw this and read what your group does I was blown away! These fantastic people in Maine deserve a reception as wonderful as the one they give to all our sons, daughters, wives, and husbands. Although it had not been even twenty four hours since he left I really needed this. My faith has been rekindled in the human spirit. Maybe this will even jump start some of us into doing more. Thank you Thank you Thank you ! God Bless each and every one of you.

Our son Sr. Airman Tim B. is with the Air Force 34th Bomb Squadron that passed through Bangor on July 27, 2010. They were on their way back to South Dakota from their deployment to Southwest Asia That was a night my husband and I will never forget. Thank you and all the Troop Greeters for everything that you do. We know firsthand how much your work truly means.
Sincerely,
Rick and Anne B.


September 2, 2010

Thank you so much for allowing us to participate in this mornings greetings. The work you guys are doing is so very much appreciated. I was moved by the fact that at 2:30 in the morning 3 or 4 people would get up to greet and make welcome 288 strangers.
Kevin and Donna I.


August 31, 2010

From proud yet apprehensive parents a sincere thank you for the time and effort you invest to give back. It was wonderful to see our son as he wings his way into danger. It is a kindness and dedication that speaks volumes about the real American spirit. Your efforts need to be recognized and supported. Thanks again and keep it up for all the troops and their worried parents.
Rick & Valerie W, Fl.


August 29, 2010

To all the wonderful people there in Maine , my wife and myself would like to thank everybody so much for greeting my son off the plane when he arrived back in the United Stares this morning. Greatly appreciated from Syracuse New York !


August 25, 2010

Thanks to the Maine Troop Greeters at Bangor Airport. Brian D. V. flew out today August 24 at 620pm and because of you these guys get their last taste of freedom and people who love and care for what they do and what they represent. Thanks for all you do and for being some of the best American's money can't buy!! Cause you do it cause you want to. Thats a true testament of the jobs you do!! EXCELLENT WORK!!!
Cuppy, and Ashley J.


August 24, 2010

To all those soldiers deploying, may God bless and keep you all safe and may you come home soon!! Thank you to the troop greeters for the wonderful support you give our soldiers and thankyou for the service you provided for your country and continue to provide in greeting and welcoming all our soldiers!! You truly are loved and appreciated for all you do. God Bless each and everyone of you'

I appreciate those wonderful people welcoming you guys into the airport in Maine. Last deployment I was surprised by the Troop Greeters and the pictures; this deployment I was looking forward to it. It's so nice to know that you are getting warm welcomes and hugs along this journey. Thank you Troop Greeters! It means so much to me and my family!

Thank you soo much for welcoming them and taking these pictures. I get to see my son again in these photos it sure does mean alot to a mom! He was so shocked to see everyone there and he was so happy.You guys do such a great job!

Thank you one and all for your support of our troops. As a grandmother watching her oldest grandson go off to the unknown I appreciate your being there for all of them!

I can't thank you enough for the wonderful photos of our son PFC Justin S. It was very difficult to see him go, however your photos made us smile. A big thank you and hug to all your volunteers. Keep up the good work, you make parents like us proud! Warm wishes, Jon and Lori S.

I'll never forget the people of Bangor! Thankyou so much for your support!


August 21, 2010

Who you are and what you accomplish out of your hearts is AMAZING! Our son, Lt., Andrew H. met you on fhe 18th of August, when his unit from Ft. Hood came through on their way to Iraq. He was given STRICT ORDERS that if he saw any one of you that he was to find you and THANK YOU from his parents from the bottom of their hearts, for ALL that you do for our men and women! He called from Kuwait to tell us "mission accomplished!" We saw the television special which prepared us for our first son's deployment. We knew if he came through Bangor, Maine, he would be in VERY GOOD HANDS! We pray your arms will be waiting to hug on them when they return home.. if we can be of any assistance, please let us know!


Aug. 12, 2010

Dear Flag Ladies & Airport Greeters:
Thank you so much for "being there" for our soldiers from the 88th MP CO as they returned to the USA. The kindness of strangers and their gratitude towards the job our: children, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers are performing for their country is very remarkable. This truly shows what a GREAT country we are. THANK YOU again! You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Very Gratefully Yours,
The Family of Spc. Jonathan H., 88th MP CO, New Kensington, PA

On behalf of The 88th Military Police Company (CS) Family Readiness Group (FRG) - we wanted to express a sincere Thank You for welcoming our soldiers home after a lengthy deployment over seas. This is the first we have seen our soldiers in a very long time. I know for myself as well as the others that we are appreciative of your doing this for our unit. Thank you so very much!! Your kindness and love has touched many of our lives.
Sincerely,
Heidi B.
88th Military Police Co. (CS) Family Readiness Group Leader


August 9, 2010

To all the wonderful people in Bangor,
When I told my mom this morning that her grandson, Dylan was going to Afganistan by way of Bangor she said she wondered if he would be greeted by a group of well wishers, I said probably not his was a later flight and security and all but she said no they never missed a single flight of soldiers that came through...well I have to eat my words and let her know that yes her grandson was met by a group of kind wonderful people, although I did not see his picture I did see his unit's patches on many of the soldiers. This is my families first deployment and knowing Dylan was going to Afganistan by way of Maine did my heart good as my mother was born and raised in Monticello, I was born on an airforce base in Presque Isle and my brother, nephew, aunts, uncles, and many cousins all live in the Houlton area...words can not express how it helps to know he was met with happy faces who care when we could not be there to greet him. Thank you so much...with our deepest appreciation and gratitude for all you do,
Julie J. B., mother of Pfc Dylan E. B., 4th Infantry, Bravo Co.


August 4, 2010

We were so thrilled to see our soldier pictures (Little brother/son) with all the rest of the men and women that have fought for our country. It is SO nice to see them have such a warm welcome home! We ALL truly appreciate you doing this for them, it means the world to the families every where! Thank you again SO much!

Aug. 5, 2010

Thank you for everything. You remind me why I do what I do.


August 2, 2010

My name is Kristi A. and I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for what your organization does. My husband left so suddenly yesterday that I didn't even get a chance to take any pictures as he was leaving...but I was able to show our daughter the photos from your website and she was so happy. Thank you again and God Bless!
Kristi

I just wanted to say it meant alot for you guys to come out and make them feel welcomed and appreciated.. thanks again!!!


August 1, 2010

Hello to all! My son just deployed to Afghanistan with the Army went through Bangor. I got his photo/link from his wife today and I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate what you do for the troops and their families. It's nice to know that the soldiers have folks showing appreciation for their service! It means a lot...
Thanks, and God bless you,
Tom L.

Thank You so much - It means a lot to know y'all care about our guys as much as we do. Much Thanks.

As the mom of a recently deployed soldier, I thank you and salute you for the wonderfully incredible service you are giving, not only to our servicemen and servicewomen, but to their families. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sue H.
Mom of Brian S. who passed through Bangor July 31st


July letters

7/28/2010
Hello the the Maine Troop Greeters:
Thank you so much for what you do. You are all truely a gift from God. I want to send my appreciation by giving you a coin from my unit: 32nd Military Police Co. out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thank you all so much and God Bless.
Sincerely,
SGT Keith K.

Thank you!
Recently I read of you all and what you do for our soldiers (People magazine). Well, 7/6/2010 my son and his troop "Big Red!" came thru Maine after 11 months in Iraq. My son was so excited to have you all waiting and sharing as he and his very tired troops came off the plane. He called me while with you and it warmed me to know there are Americans like you all there for these soldiers. These troops need more people such as you all. Keep up the good work you do. You mean so much to the soldiers you touch. Thank you again from a very proud mom.
Crystal C., Indiana

July 25, 2010

Thank You!!!!!! Of course I loved the pics of my boy but I also love seeing pics of all the Soldiers. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for these wonderfull pictures and everything you do! It means the world to me, and I am sure to all the parents, that you can be there to welcome them with a smile and send them on their journey to help others.

Thank you for all the photos and especially the one of my nephew. This was particularly hard for him, because his grandfather (an veteran of the Navy and the Korean war) just died on Monday. Thank you for what you do - I know it means a lot Aunt S. & Uncle J.


July 24, 2010

It is so wonderful what you do for the soldiers coming thru Bangor. My parents live in Maine and meet my husband on his way out to Afghanistan. I know I would want people there for me if I was in thas situation!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO TO MAKE THESE MEN AND WOMEN FEEL WELCOME SO FAR FROM HOME.


July 22, 2010

Thanks for meeting the Marines and Sailors from 2/9 Camp Lejeune. My husband told me on the phone how they were greated and he had never seen anything like it! There is a picture of my husand shaking a ladies hand posted. Thanks for all you do and the support you give to our troops!


July 18, 2010

Thank you for the greetings along the way. They deserve so much appreciation. I believe I caught a candid shot of my marine. I almost feel I'm still with him. May they all return safe.


July 17, 2010

Thank you so much for giving of your time. We are so Thankful for the people that show appreciation to our military. Its people like you that help to ease the pain of our son being away making the many sacrifices!
SINCERELY,THE S. FAMILY


July 7, 2010

I was in the airport when this group of troops arrived. I had a while to wait for a flight, and it was humbling. The greeters and the soldiers are fantastic. Keep it up guys.


July 5, 2010

Thanks for greeting the soldiers. It was one of the hardest days for our family when he left our new baby for the war. I appriciate you showing your appriciation to him and the others. I know it ment alot. Thank you for taking pictures.

I just want to thank all troop greeters for all they do. the pictures you take mean a lot to the familys.


July 4, 2010

Please click here to see letter from Colonel R.

Greeting!
I wanted to sincerely thank you for the work you do. My husband called me from Maine on his way over to Afghanistan. He was very impressed by the warm welcome. He couldn't believe there were people there waiting to shake their hands. And then I found the pictures posted on the internet. That made my day and my kids' day, too. This is our first deployment. My husband is a combat medic for 581st out of Fort Hood, TX. It was hard to see him go but nice to know great folks like you are there to make him feel special. It meant a lot.
Thank you and God Bless!  
Suzy G


June 27, 2010

I just wanted to thank each of you and EVERY member of your group!! Our son, PV2 Brandon C, called after his unit's plane landed in Maine yesterday and told us that your group was waiting at their gate to welcome them as they disembarked from their aircraft and wished them well as they boarded to head to Afghanistan. He was very surprised by the support they received in Maine and because of this he and our family will always think fondly of the state of Maine and those of you that live there. I realize, with the amount of troops deploying to Afghan right now, it must require a lot time and coordination to see that each aircraft is met and I wanted to say Thank You for supporting our son and all of our young Patriots that are heading into harms way!
Charles & Laura C.
Manteca, CA


June 25, 2010

I just wanted to send a thank you for all that you do in supporting our troops. My husband just returned from his tour in Bagram Afghanistan today 6/25 and it is so nice to know there are people out there taking attention to that. It brought a comforting feeling to me (and i know most of the wife's in his unit too) to know people were there to greet my husband and his fellow soldiers at their first stop in the US, it brought happy tears to my eyes to see how happy they were. Since I wouldn't be able to see him for another week or so I really appreciate these pictures more than you know! I really cannot thank you enough!Thanks!
US Army Wife

What a wonderful thing you do. Thank you from a grandmother.


June 24, 2010

Thank you so much for posting these pictures and for being there to greet our troops. One of the guys in this unit is like a brother to me...his wife alerted me to these pics and it is good to see him and his cohorts :) Thanks again for everything and keep up the GREAT work!
Kelly D < :)

I just wanted to thank all for the love and support you show our families. I had not only my son but my cousin go through your area a day apart. It is a great feeling knowing that you care about our families like they are your own. As a mom and cousin I thank you for all your caring and help you show our loved ones.
Anita M.


June 20, 2010

Thank you for all the support you gave our troops as they passed your way. I know as a military spouse these acts of kindness mean alot to the soldiers. Thank you again.

June 18 stop over in Bangor, Maine

To all the wonderful airport greeters in your group,
Our daughter has just deployed to Kuwait and stopped over in Bangor and was greeted by your group. Thank you so much for providing us with her pictures, and for providing her with a moving experience. Someone gave her a red, white, blue sack of spruce needles that she was so touched to receive. As I've traveled in and out of airports I've seen lines of greeters in Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL. But now I know how important you all are and will make sure we greet a soldier if we see one during our travels this summer. Thanks again for supporting our troops and my daughter,
Deborah C.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL


June 16, 2010

Thank you and all the volunteers associated with MTG for what you do. I'm the wife of an Army Reservist who recently returned from Iraq. MTG volunteers were there to send him off to Iraq, and welcome him home - in the wee hours of the morning both times. He was so grateful of being able to use one of your cell phones to call us for a goodbye cry before he left the States, and then again when he arrived back on U.S. soil to say "I'm home". I saw the PBS special while he was deployed and cried a good cry because of the obvious love the MTG volunteers have for the men and women serving our country. You are all sort of family away from home. My husband still speaks so wonderfully of the Maine Troop Greeters and just how he felt so appreciated while all he wanted to do was show appreciation to the volunteers!

Thank you, all, for your continued selfless acts of kindness. Have a wonderful day, and may you all continue to be blessed because of what you do.
HOOAH!
Lori S.


June 11, 2010

I am so grateful that good folks like you all are there to wish my daughter luck and show that you value her service to this country. Thank you with all my heart!
A Grateful Virginia Mother


June 8, 2010

I think what you are doing is absolutely wonderful. THANK YOU for showing our heroes that they are worthy of recognition and gratitude. If I lived back home, I would be right there helping you. Whenever I see a soldier -- man or woman -- any place within these United States, I make it a point to stop and say "Thank you." Keep up the good work!
Pam R.


June 7, 2010

Sir/Ma'am

I wanted to take a minute and tell you how much I love what you do for us!!! I have been through Bangor several times and you know I feel so much pride and joy in doing what I do because of you! As I loaded the plane heading for Europe and eventually on to Iraq, I noticed something I had not seen before and it was tears in the eyes of many of the Soldiers I passed as I moved to my seat. Yes I felt them form in my eyes as we ran down the runway and the tears were from the tribute and send off that you gave us. I don't know if these words help you but you bring so much joy and peace to so many military members and I just wanted to give something back!! I know many of you in the past did not get the same send off or greeting that you give to so many and I think that is a dreadful part of our history! Just know that this old soldier is very grateful!! I think that Military men and women do what we do with great pride because of people like you!! Thank you for supporting us!!
Thank You and Blessings!
SSG(P) William D. S.
HSC, 615th ASB


June 5, 2010

Good morning,

My husband & his unit came through on May 26th. He said everyone was so nice and thoughtful. He has never seen anything like that as of yet & said it was a great sight to see. I know that both of us wish that most Americans would appreciate what the military does like you all do. Thank you so much for being so nice & generous to our 2nd Battalion 4th Marines out of Camp Pendleton out here! It is greatly appreciated again & I sincerely want to say thank you for taking care of them!

Semper Fi,
Crystal A.


May 13, 2010

Many times my husband has told me about the wonderful group of folks that greet him each time he passes through Maine while deployed. Today my son called to tell me about you all again. This is his first time and he was so moved and grateful. Thank you for what you do and God Bless your precious souls.
Vicki H. in Montgomery, Alabama


May 11, 2010

A friend sent me a link to your website. I just wanted to say thank you for what you are doing. My son, Pvt. RC is deploying right now, as I type from Ft. Campbell, KY, headed for Afghanistan. I don't know if you ever meet flights leaving in the wee hours of the morning, but you can be sure I'll be checking your site often. Again - I thank you so much for what you do.....my heart stopped aching for just a little while knowing there are kind, generous people out there who care about our troops.
A Very Scared Mom,
Stephanie S. J.


May 4, 2010

I recently watched the movie The Way We Get By. The only reason I remember the first time I was in Maine on January 31, 2003, is because it was the last time I was in the United States until October 2, 2003. Unfortunatly when I returned, my flight flew directly from Germany to March Airfore Base In Riverside, CA. My second deployment to Iraq was from August 2004 March 2005. That time when we returned home we landed in Bangor, Maine.. Five years later I'll never forget how dumb founded I was as I walked down the jetway that a group of vetrains was standing there to meet me.. I'm not a very outspoken person I shook hands, said thank you and walked by. I remember the generosity that the people there showed us and I even remember the film crew that was there filming a documentary.. The crew asked us to talk about any friends we lost during our deployment. I've never forgotten that even after five years. After watching the film I now realize what it means to you to do what you do. I wanted to take this opportunity and hope that this finds its way to you to thank you for what you do. Sometimes I think my fiancee, who I met after my time in the Marine Corps came to an end, gets tired of my stories, but my shock at the welcome I recieved in Bangor, Maine is one I will tell over and over again. Please don't ever stop doing what you do because you leace a lasting impression on us. I remember seeing each and everyone of you at the airport.
Thank You
Thomas O

Hello! I just wanted to take the time to thank you folks for your kindness to my Marine. He was touched by your hospitality and so thankful for the use of the phone. I can't tell you how exciting it was to hear from him thanks to you all. I also loved seeing the picture of him on your website. Keep up the great work and thanks so much!
Sincerely,
Mandi B.


May 3, 2010

I would like to thank you for what you do for our troops. All 3 of my children serve our nation in the military. My oldest son just left Bangor on Saturday, May 1, 2010. This is his 3rd deployment & you have been there each time. I am so grateful & appreciative of your service to these men & women.
Thank you,
Lisa P.


April 24, 2010

Thank you so much for providing me with a photo of my husband! It has brought a smile to my face during these tough times. Thank you for all of your support and generosity towards our Marines & a small gift to remember their last moments in the states. Even though they may act like tough guys, they are appreciative teddy bears on the inside! Thanks again and God Bless!
Ashley P.
Wife of SSGT Andrew P. USMC

Our son was in Maine on the 19th and we received his picture via your web site. It meant so much to see his smiling face. God bless you and thank you for the service you are doing for the soldiers and their families.

Thank you again.
Donnie and Carolyn D.
Missouri


April 23, 2010

Hello,

Thank you for all you do for our troops! My son thought it was great that you come to the airport late at night to greet them on their way. And he said you all were 'really nice'.

God bless you all and thank you again!
Kind regards,
Stuart

Dear Volunteers,

I just wanted to write you a note and let you know that we appreciate what you do so much! My husband came through the airport last evening, and called to let me know that he was at "THAT" airport. Just before he left, our family watched a documentary about the good things that people are doing there in Maine for our troops. We had no idea that his travels would take him there. Thank you for the pictures, the kind words, the hugs, handshakes and positive atmosphere that you so generously provide for our soldiers! It really made my husband's day when he was able to see first hand that people really do still care about the sacrifices they make.

God bless you all!
~Kassie L


April 22, 2010

Thanks so much for the great looking coin....more important thank you for all you do for our guys in your unselfish greeting with all of your fellow greeters...after 25 years of deployments...I know how much that means to guys and gals who give so much of themselves..for their country...thank you.

My step-son was handed a cell phone when he got off the plane from Iraq and told to call anyone he wanted to. He called his dad who was at the base waiting for him - on the other side of the country - what a great surprise for both of them :o)
Thank you to all of the troop greeters - we love you.


April 21, 2010

I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful work you are doing by being there with those beautiful smiles for our soldiers! My husband and his unit came through this past Monday night (April 19th)heading abroad, and he called me to telling me how much it meant to have your group greet them! (You even got his photo while he was talking with me!) The pictures arent posted yet, but our FRG cannot wait! He said his soldiers were truly touched and honored by your presence, even at 10:30pm! thank you, thank you!!!! May GOD continue to bless you and your work!!!!
Mitzi A. D.
FRG Leader
205th MP Battalion
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901


What a great operation for your "Nana and Gramp" buddies---thank you thank you thank you. Who would dream that you guys would be there to meet our "kids". I can't tell you what it does for my heart that you guys show up, shake hands, smile, hug, take pix and share them in such an organized and timely way.
You made our day.
Ken and Tracy F.
Hot Springs, AR

I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful welcoming you showed the Marines of the 3/1 Battalion this afternoon! You are an amazing group of people and what you do is uplifting and encouraging. My husband called me from the airport after he met you all and he was able to give me the website to the photos. I shared them with our Company contact and because of you guys and your photos the sad families left at home were able to see their smiling Marine for one more day.
Thank you!!!
Laura G., wife of Capt. M. G., 3/1 FAC


As one who has served now proudly supporting our son who serves I wanted to say Thank you to your organization for the support, hospitality, and respect provided to servicemen and women who find themselves traveling through Bangor International. My son was among the 3rd BN 1st MAR troops who journeyed through Bangor yesterday, April 20, and his picture (071) is among those posted at [http://ourstopinmaine.smugmug.com/The-Troops-2010/April-2010/April-20-2010-3-PM ]http://ourstopinmaine.smugmug.com/The-Troops-2010/April-2010/April-20-2010-3-PM. He is newly married (just 6 days ago) and his wife was really happy to see his spirits were up. It's a great picture and made my day.
Thank you again!
S's Mom - Semper Fidelis
Teresa M.
Nickerson, Nebraska


April 16, 2010

Dear Greeters,

Just wanted to thank you and your Bangor Team for making us feel welcomed and appreciated on our trip out to Theater. We will look forward to seeing you all again in about two months... knock on wood!
Life and work here goes well. We work in a CSH that treats Iraqi civilians and insurgent detainees. A different angle from other tours and very fulfilling.
Hoping you and yours are equally blessed and the new Spring weather is to your liking.
Thank you again!
Jim T.
MAJ, DC
Victory Base Complex, Iraq


April 3, 2010

Your organization meant so much to my sons when they went to Iraq in Sept 2007 and March 2008 and when they returned Apr 2008 and Oct 2008. One of my sons just left for Afghanistan yesterday and came through your airport on April 1, some time in the evening from March Airforce Base. Your people really put a smile on his face!

I am in Southern California and I am so happy you are there for these young men and women.

Nicole R.
Mom to PFC Timothy T. (vet) and Sgt Christopher R. (active reserve) USMC


April 2, 2010

Board of The Maine Troop Greeters,

We want to thank the Maine Troop Greeters for what they do for the many young men and women who are in transit to either overseas or coming home from overseas. They are the reason we maintain the level of freedom we have here in the United States. As a parent of two who are overseas right now, it is a real comfort to know how many people care ad are willing to give their free time to show our military they are appreciated for what they do for us.

Please share this with the other members of your organization as we want to thank all of you.

Thank You and God Bless you all,
Donald and Marcia S.
Bernville, PA
Parents of 2LT Amanda L. J., USMC
Left for Afghanistan March 31, 2010 from Bangor Airport


March 29, 2010

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the picture of my daughter and son in law. It was a big load lifted off of me when I saw her smiling. Thank you for the time you give to others like myself. I have two daughters now in Iraq but with someone like you made it a little easier knowing people still care about others.!! God Bless You !!

Dear Troop Greeters,
Hi. My name is Melinda and my son, Captain Garrett R. just returned from Iraq. He is with the Colorado Army Natoinal Guard. When he called us from Maine the night he got in, I could hear the excitement in his voice. He told us about the Troop Greeters and it brought tears to my eyes because my husband is a Vietnam Vet and he remembers what he came home to. The way you guys get up at all hours of rhte night to welcome home troops is such a wonderful thing; I wiss I could be there to experience it. I just wanted to say Thank You and let you know that what you do is very special. You are lucky to get to send off and welcome home these brave men and women who serve this country. Keep up the good work!
Love, Melinda


March 28, 2010

Subject: Deploying soldier thank you

My name is Andrea S. and my husband, Col S. passed through Bangor yesterday on his way to Iraq. He called me and our six year old daughter Maizie on the phone provided by your organization. Even old soldiers struggle when they leave their loved ones. We have been married 25 years and he has deployed many times, but this is the first time Maizie will remember and speaking for my husband and myself, deployment is different with a 6 year old watching her Dad leave. That phone call brightened our day as we wondered how his trip was going. He had a smile in his voice as he told us of the fantastic reception you guys provide there in Bangor for the soldiers as they come through. We are pet lovers and owners and the fact that there were dogs amongst the greeters made it even more special.

He wanted me to email you and let you know that he appreciated your organization's effort and all the volunteers who come to cheer the troops on as they head into theatre. It obviously raised his spirits as the tone of his voice and the genuine appreciation I could hear in it made us easier knowing someone cared enough to ease the trip. Again, he's an old soldier and has made many trips without such care and cheer being shown at stopping points. We want you to know that both for our family and all those soldiers whom you touch it truly makes a difference a brightens both those you see and those you don't see on the end of those phones you so thoughtfully provide. Those efforts touched a six year old girl who was really missing her Dad and an old Army wife facing yet another deployment into harm's way. Again, a heartfelt thank you to all who contribute to make the Bangor stop the comforting, friendly stopover on the long trip into theatre.

Sincerely,
Andrea S.


March 27, 2010

Thank you so much for all your help. My husband and I were really impressed with all that you people do in greeting the troops.

We had found out a little after 9 the night before that our son Dan would be having a layover in Bangor. We were up at 3 am Sunday to drive down from Aroostook County to see him. I had been praying that we would see him one last time and God graciously answered my prayer.


March 25, 2010

On March 5th, 2010 my nephew, Matthew R USN, stopped in Bangor on his way to Afghanistan. We were all very relieved when Matt called his Dad and was able to send a ohoto via a cell phone. I was surprised by this since Matt ahd told me that he would have to relinquish his cell phone before leaving his post in Mississippi. Also, I was happy to see in the photo that he was greeted by people at the Bangor airport. We looked into it and discovered that the gentlemen in the photo were part of the Maine Troop Greeters, and it was they who provided the phone allowing Matt to reach out to his family. Please relay my sincere appreciation to all the members of your group. It is a wonderful thing you do - giving these young men and women a warm welcome to Bangor and a kind farewell as they fly off to serve their country overseas.
Sincerely,
Judy L.


March 20, 2010 (Below are several notes from this day)

I would like to thank you for the help about my son-in-laws flight 03/20/10 . I am glad we made the trip because of the plane getting held over and the troops put up in hotels we got to visit longer. We were so impressed with all that you awesome people do for our young men & women coming and going to and from war zones. God Bless you all. we hope to see you again soon when our son-in-law makes a safe trip home, God Bless Alicia Y. Proud Mother-in-law of , PFC H. (home town Peru, Me).

We love you Daddy!!! We are so proud of you - Always. Stay safe and come home soon!
Love, Your girls

Thank you so much for helping care for our soldiers! My husband has gone through your stop point several times now and is always very thankful for all that you do. Thank you so much for all you do for them and all you have done for our country yourselves. Much love - keep up the great work!
S. Family - Anchorage, Alaska

Thank you so much for what you do for our troops and their families. Today is my son's 20th birthday and this is the most recent picture I have of him. I really need to it today! Thank you for the blessing!

We love u boy! We wont let 1 day go by that we dont pray for your safe return to the family that loves u with all our hearts. Thanks for being the person u are and you are just one of the best!

Thank you for these priceless photos. Our last sight of them was when they left home base. But your photos give those waiting back home tangible evidence they are safe at the moment. Thats me on the phone with him, crying crocidile tears, holding the hands of our children, who are wondering if they will ever see their Dad again. Thank you for providing this service to the brave souls who are fighting for our freedom and for those waiting at home, praying with all their might that they are returned safely home. I LOVE U BRANDON and will be here waiting here with your babes, never having a thought without u in it, praying u stay safe and come home to us in the same state as you left, but with a smile on your face!

Thanks for this picture of my son, whom I love very much.


March 17, 2010

To the wonderful greeters in Maine;

I just wanted to send a note expressing my gratitude to all of you in Bangor Maine. This is my husbands third deployment but first time flying through your airport. My husband along with many of his fellow solders were pleasantly surprised at your warm welcome on March 15th. It was amazing to see the greeters their shaking hands with our solders so late at night. I can honestly say they have never received that kind of welcome before. It made me feel more at ease about their long journey seeing all the pictures on the slide show. Our time apart seem all worthwhile knowing there are wonderful people out there like all of you. Please keep up the wonderful work of making solders feel that their jobs are important to the American people.

Sara M.


March 16, 2010

On March 14, my son, a Marine, landed at your airport. Thanks for greeting our troops; it means a lot. I did not have the joy of this when I was going or coming home. The time was long ago. I was a Viet Nam Vet.

Bless you.


March 13, 2010

Sir:

Please give my deepest thank you to all the members of your wonderful organization.

My son recently deployed to Afghanistan via Bangor and I am deeply appreciative for the care and concern that your group is showing for our defenders, and particularly on the behalf of my child..

The photos were heartwarming as was the usage of a telephone to call me. Too bad Shannon Airport does not show similar, or at least reasonable, respect in charging $40+ (US) for a brief call to home.

I myself am a (Viet Nam) veteran, and will defend anyone's right to disagree with war. War is ugly. As it is often stated, "We need not respect the war, but we MUST respect our warriors."

Thank you for showing my child and all of the other brave and giving patriots the respect and care which they so richly deserve.

Thank you for the smiling picture of my child.
Thank you for putting that smile on his face.
Thank you for letting them all know that they are appreciated.
Thank you for caring.
May God Bless and protect you all.
May God Bless and protect our troops.
May God Bless America.

Thank you again.
Ken R.


March 12, 2010

I just wanted to say thank you so much for what you do. I just saw the photos today of my oldest son and members of his team when they stopped in Maine. My youngest son and husband are soon to follow. What you do is so absolutely wonder and touching. I can't thank you enough. God Bless you and thank you for taking care of him while he was there.

Joyce


March 12, 2010

Thank you for all you do. It was a nice surprise to see my son on his way to his deployment. You made this mom a happy and thankful mom. I will be more than happy to share your web page with all I know.
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH

Anita M


March 11, 2010

To the Bangor Troop Greeters,

Thanks for all that you do. You were there for me and my unit as we made our way back from Afghanistan to Mississippi in November and it is truly comforting to know you will be there in the "wee" hours of the morning when my fiancée arrives back home as well. What a wonderful feeling to be greeted by such great Americans. God Bless you and your families!

MAJ Beth A. S.
XO, MSNG PTAE
Jackson, MS 39202


March 9, 2010

To the "Troop Greeters of Maine!"

I am a wife of a Marine, that you greeted yesterday, and I just wanted to send my sincerest and most heart felt thank you to everyone who participates in this program. This is our first deployment, and yesterday was a very difficult day for us. We are newly wed, and we will be spending almost our entire first year of marriage apart. But I could not be more proud, and honored to be his wife! When he called me today at the airport in Maine, and told me about what this group does, and gave me the web address, I was SO excited. And when I saw my husbands smile as he was shaking a vetrans hand online tonight, my face lit up like a Christmas tree. It honestly made, this very difficult day just a little easier. Thank you so much for being there to cheer my husband on when I could not. This group is filled with people who know just a little bit of kindness can go a very long way. God Bless, and please, continue to do what you do.

Thank you,
Kristen W.


March 9, 2010

Hello! I just wanted to write a thank you note. My brother in law, James P., left a few days ago to go overseas for the first time. He and my younger sister have lived across the US from me for a few years now. I only got to meet him once before he went to basic and we parted ways. I live in Oregon and it is unbelievably hard to get the fund together to go and see them, as they lived in Florida and then he was stationed in Kansas. The photo you took of him is the first one I have seen since he got out of basic. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for capturing that moment for me. He looks amazing! I think what you are doing (this goes to everyone who takes part and helps in the pictures) is a much needed relief for a lot of people. I know it was for me. God bless you for the time and effort you put into this.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,



Sally N.

3/6/10

To all your wonderful Greeters:

I just read about you in the Sgt Gret newsletter. God bless you for the wonderful love you display to our troops. Keep up the great work. From a WWII jarhead. Semper Fi!

Marscher C.


3/5/10

Dear Maine Troop Greeters,

I am writing to thank you for your kindness & hospitality & willingness to serve. My son passed thru Bangor on his way to & from Iraq back in 2008.

I had no idea your group existed until I saw the documentary on TV this past year. Your dedication touched my heart. I have family in the Bangor area & used to visit as a child. Thank you for being there when us mom's and dad's can't be. We appreciate you more thanyou'll ever know! God bless you & God bless America.

Lou & Barb V. & family
Semper Fi!


March 5, 2010

To all you wonderful people,

My husband left for Afganistan, yesterday, Wednesday the 3rd of March for a year long deployment. His first stop was in Bangor and he got to encounter you all welcoming him with a smile, handshake and thank yous.

My first email from him told be about your greeting. As a wife left behind, I want to thank you for the love and support you extended to my husband and his fellow Marines. What a blessing to know that on a very difficult day for both my husband and myself, he was lead to smile by some very generous people who took the time to extend their support.

Thank you,
Trish B


March 1, 2010

Just wanted to thank you and all the others in your hometown who do what you do for our Troops who fly in and out of Bangor, Maine. My son, Capt. Sam S., and his troops where there sometime this past Saturday, February 27 on their way to Iraq and he said there were people there to greet them, with signs and how good it made them feel. So thank you and all of those people who are there to welcome home and send our troops off. It is a great service and as a Mom I really do appreciate you kindness.

Susan


March, 2010

Dear Maine Troop Greeters,

Thank you for all that you do! My husband has been through your airport too many times to count. And each time you all have been there to give thanks, a handshake, snacks, and a call home. Your generosity means more than you know.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Jada N.


February, 2010

Dear Marine (Maine) Troop Greeters,

It is with great appreciation that I write you to thank you for so warmly greeting HMH 363 on February 18th. My son was surprised and honored to have such a large support group there to see them off. As mom, I appreciated all the photos posted. Thank you so much for your generosity in commitment and your unselfishness in service. Thank you very much.

Barbara and Randy H.


Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:52 AM

My son, Sgt Lee S., left Fort Lee VA yesterday for his deployment to Afghanistan. My heart is breaking and I have been holding onto my phone wanting to hear his voice one more time before it becomes so difficult.

Then this morning, my daughter-in-law send me your link. Seeing his smiling face in your photos brought happy tears to my eyes. I want to thank you so much for greeting the soldiers and letting them know that not only their families but other American love and support him. I hope you know that you not only support the soldiers with your thoughtfulness but the families. I am so thankful for these pictures of my son and his friends.

Lee is 26 yrs old. He has been in the military for almost 9 yrs now. Lee is married, for 6 years now, with three children. Makayla 8, Joey, 5 and Kaden 1 1/2. He comes from a long line of military men, having served in WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm. Lee served 18 mos in Iraq and this is his first tour in Afghanistan. He is a loving man who is a good husband, good father and a good son.

God Bless you and God Bless America!
Lee's proud Mom,
Joyce H.


Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:50 PM

Thank you so much for your dedication to supporting our military. We were very happy to see our sons picture posted on your site and more importantly to see his fellow Marines who will be going overseas with him.

This is a great thing that you do for our Service men and woman, their families and our Country.

God Bless you...
Dave and Susan


Sunday, February 14, 2010 11:43 PM

Just wanted to thank you for supporting our troops and taking time to post pictures of our soldiers. This has been a very stressful time for us and to see our grandson's picture has made our day very special and uplifting. He was very excited when he called us from Maine. This was his first plane ride and first time in Maine. Please remember our family in your prayers.

Thank you again.
Janet & Stanley N.
Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:50 PM

My name is Vickie, and I am a proud parent of a National Guardsman who came through your airport via Hattiesburg, MS on Monday (2/8) on their way to Iraq. I only found out about the "troop greeters" organization on Monday morning at work, and it was a God-send. Out of all the pictures that were posted yesterday, I was lucky to find one of my son! J It means the world to me and is now displayed as the background on my computer screen. An ordinary "Thank You" is not enough to share what is in my heart... and even though I spent last week with him, it was wonderful to "SEE" him one more time. Thank You All for the wonderful gift you give to all the parents of our soldiers.

God Bless,
Vickie D.
Palm Harbor, FL


Tuesday, February 09, 2010  

I just wanted to say thank you sooo much for the pictures you took of my solider as he arrived their in maine. As I talked to him, he was so blown away by your welcome and hospitality. Thank you soo much.

Aunna B.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010 11:09 AM

Thank you for YOUR service. I know that it means a lot to have someone show that they care to these troops, who for many of them, it is the first time they have been away from home and their families. Keep up the great work that you are doing.

Rick H.


February 2, 2010

Mr. Kohl; 

On behalf of myself (who has been greeted in Maine for three different deployments to Iraq) and my Soldiers over the years....I want to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to you and all your volunteers in Bangor.

It is so exceptionally heartwarming to have such a warm and sincere welcoming into the airport before we depart for follow-on missions. In most cases, the Army Soldiers I led went on to combat operations. Unfortunately a few never made it back home alive.

It brings me relief that for my Soldiers that paid the ultimate sacrifice, their last impression of American citizenry were your greeters in Bangor.

Words can not express my gratitude. Your organization has inspired me to follow your lead and become an active participant in similiar operations when I eventually hang up my combat boots!

Thank you and all your volunteers again for the inspiration and warmth provided to the many young men and women that continue their journey onward to uncertain futures and into harms way on behalf of the nation.

Very Respectfully;  
First Sergeant Theodore D.
1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas
United States Army


January, 2010

Hello to all of you,

We came through the Bangor airport on 1/10/10 and witnessed your greeting our troops. At that time, we were very touched by you being there for our Nation's troops. At that time we donated $20. After reading your "thank you" card and watching "The Way We Get By", $20 was hardly respectful for what you do or what you offer our heros. To this, we ask you to use this additional offering to provide more joy & honor to our troops. Thank you so very much for your hard work. We hope to see you again as we pass through Bangor.

Love & respect,
Carol & Scott


Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:43 PM
Subject: Soldiers

As the mother of a Soldier who has passed through Maine twice on his return home from Iraq (most recently on 1/17), I just want to say "thank you" for what you are doing. Our son said he would call when he got to Maine and he did. He was so happy and I know he felt like he was home when his feet were on U.S. soil again. He and the others really appreciate and looked forward to your meeting them. The families met them when they landed in WI and most said their Soldier had called from Maine.

Thank you again.
Mary F.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:03 PM
Subject:
January 18 2010

Thank you for doing what you do. My brother deployed on 18 January to Afghanistan. It was refreshing to see you all greeting him at Bangor airport and to know that he feels appreciated.

Thank you again.
Rachael G.


1/18/2010

My son is in new batch of soldiers being sent to Afghanistan to fight against terrorism to keep us safe in the United States.

Tonight I received the best call ever. My son was sitting the the airport in Bangor, Maine waiting to get on his next plane and he got to call home due to the program you sponsor to offer free cell phone use to the soldiers. I did not expect to hear from him for a long time and this made me so happy to get to hear from him so soon.

It is hard on the US troops leaving and it is a great thing you are doing to assist them and their loved ones left at home to keep in touch.

God bless you all and keep up the great work.

Sincerely,
Ellie S.
Mother of one member of the US Army Troops


1/14/2010 9:09:35 AM

I would like to thank the Troop Greeters for what you do! Our son flew through Bangor on Monday evening, Jan 11, en route to Iraq. We were talking to him on the phone when his photo was taken, and bright and early Tuesday morning we were able to download the photo, which is now the wallpaper on both of our computers! We were also able to share it with his wife and grandmothers.

What you do means a lot to the troops and their families. With two sons serving in the Air Force and one in the Army Reserves, knowing that there are people like you out there seeing them off and welcoming them back when we can't do it!

We look forward to seeing another photo of him when he returns in about six months!

Donna J. B.
Paralegal Specialist
US, USCIS, FOIA


Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:33 PM

Not a question, just a comment. I lived less than two miles from Dows Air Force Base. I remember hearing the B-52s taking off at night. I heard about the movie depicting the Troop Greeters. I have an aunt and cousin who are troop greeters. I would like to thank BIA and the staff for allowing the Troop Greeters to continue what they started. It warms my heart to see we are supporting our troops. I served in the Navy from 1972 to 1976. Thank you again BIA.

Mitch B.


Sunday, January 10, 2010 10:10 PM
Subject: Thank you from a grateful aunt in Texas!

Dear friends,

I wanted to thank you for the work you're doing at the Bangor Airport with the troops. My nephew (#44) went through there today, on his way to Germany, then Afghanistan. My little sister (his mother) sent me the link and I was able to find his photo there. I haven't seen him in person for over five years, so it was wonderful to see the photo.

Thank you again for the work you're doing there. What a wonderful idea!

Blessings from Texas...
bobbi c.


Saturday, January 09, 2010 10:39 PM
Subject: Thank you

Hi,

My brother deployed to Iraq on January 7th. This is his first deployment. He stopped in Maine and was able to use one of your volunteer's phone to call me, my parents, and his wife. I also now have a picture of him there at the airport from your website. I wanted to express my most sincerest thank you for your work in supporting these troops. It meant so much to me to be able to talk to him (and now see him thanks to your photos) before he left the country. Thank you thank you thank you.

Sayre S.


Saturday, January 09, 2010 2:56 PM
Subject: Our Daughter's Stop

 Thank you so much for being there. Our daughter's plane was way-laid there overnight - last night, on her way to Afghanistan for 6 months. Her husband has been in Iraq for 4 months already. We are keeping their 14 month old baby till their return. Hard work for grandparents, and hard on their son, but we're proud of what they're doing. And, we're proud of what you're doing as well. THANK YOU.

Linda H.


Saturday, January 09, 2010 6:11 AM
Subject: THANKS!

Thanks so very much for the service you perform in welcoming and encouraging our troops on their layover stop in Maine on their way overseas. We families would love to see them off as they are leaving our shores, but since we cannot, it is a privilege to have patriots such as your volunteers standing in our stead. No matter what time the troops arrive, morning, noon or night, you are there to shake their hands, pat them on the back, lend them moral support, and wish them well.

What a blessing it is to know that our brave men and women have you to greet them, and see them off again, as they head off to defend our freedoms. I especially appreciate you taking the time to snap photos and upload them to the internet. Your picture of my husband's smiling face certainly makes me smile, too, and lets me know that he is well.

God bless you and every single one of your volunteers!

Most sincerely yours,
Sheri C.
Charlottesville, Virginia


Friday, January 08, 2010 7:54 PM
Subject: From the mom of a soldier you treated with honor

Wow, that's my son! His troop is January 8 2010 12:30am. My son is on page 7 and he means the world us. I wanted to thank you with all my heart for what you do. You give true gifts from the heart. You acts of kindness teaches these soldiers how to show pride and honor as well as receive it. I will always treasure this picture of my son. I will keep it by my side until he returns home. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Michelle B.


Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 11:13 AM
Subject: Thank you for photos!
Dear wonderful people!
Thank you SO very much for taking the time to do what you do! What a great surprise I had this morning when I checked my Facebook page and saw the photos of our 1ID soldiers coming through the airport! My husband hasn't come through yet but that doesn't matter...it made me cry to see the faces of our soldiers and your beautiful smiles welcoming them!
I know there are days and nights when you may ask yourselves if what you do is worth braving the cold/heat/sleepiness....well from the heart of a military spouse of 25 years, I can tell you YES, YES, YES...it IS worth it and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
God WILL bless you for what you do!
Thank you dear patriots!
With love from,
Theresa P.
Fort Riley, KS


Sent: Saturday, January 02, 2010 12:25 AM

Subject: Thank You!
Just wanted to send a big Thank You for your awesome troop photos! I am the Family Readiness Group leader for the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion at Ft. Riley, KS. A group of our soldiers flew through Bangor today on their way to Iraq and within hours we were able to see their smiling faces (including my husband's). I run our unit's FB page, and we linked to the photos from there. The comments we got from our families were so heartwarming! You really made our day when many of us were so sad after saying goodbye!
Our FB page is at facebook.com/rileydhhb if you'd like to read some of the comments.
Thank you again!
Jan C.
DHHB FRG Leader/Senior Advisor


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