The Maine Troop Greeters Museum, a lasting tribute to the 1.5 million plus US troops who have passed through BGR, whether bound for or returning from Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, has finally secured its permanent home on the connector ramp linking the airport’s two terminals.
Housing a unique collection of nearly 6,000 challenge coins, more than 1,000 military patches and countless dog tags, banners and letters of gratitude, the museum also honors the hundreds of volunteers who have personally welcomed departing and returning troops for the past 15 years.
Speaking at the official opening of the museum US Senator Angus King of Maine said: “This is where our troops first set foot in America coming back from the searing experience of battle and for over a million veterans in America, this is a sacred place – this corridor right here.
“From a cell phone to call loved ones and a snack to a simple handshake, the Maine Troop Greeters make sure our service members know how much our nation appreciates their sacrifices. An honor to join them today,” he tweeted later.