Letters From our Troops
We hope you enjoy and are inspired by these wonderful letters from the men and women who serve each and every one of us as well as their families. Please write to us and share your thoughts and stories.
March 7, 2013
"I would like to send a personal Thank You to those people involved with greeting our troops. My husband earlier this week had a lay over in Bangor on his way to the middle east. In our 15 years in Marine Corps life he has never been honored or cared for in that way. THANK YOU!!!! What you are doing is amazing and much appreciated! "
December 29, 2012
Maine Troop Greeters -
I saw a show on TV about your organization, and felt very moved to help you in your work. I think what your group is doing is so awesome. As a Navy wife & Mom, I know how much what you do means to the Troops.
God bBless All of You!
I don't know if your organization continues to operate or not. I hope so, because my husband has passed through several times and you touched his heart. There are only a handful of times in his 30 year career where he felt appreciated for serving and I thank you and your group for doing this thankless task.
December 16, 2012
Dear Bangor Maine Greeters,
It is with pride that I sen this check to your patriotic and unselfish cause as you greet/send off our military troops. As you may recall, my husband and I sent a contribution last year in lieu of giving gifts to our friends - we would like to contribute in their names once again. I might add that they were thrlled with this idea. Also, our son was a recipient of your kindness when he deployed to Afghanistan on February, 2010, and he will never forget the experience.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our military and contributing your time in a positive way. You set a great example to all Americans!
Sincerely, C and J, Lemoore, CA
November 20, 2012
On behalf of my husband and me, we have enclosed a donation to such as wonderful and worthwhile organization. As long as there is a need for your services, we will be happy to continue supporting it. Thank you for this incredible ministry.
Happy Holidays and God Bless.
Best wishes, B & G, New Jersey
Please accept this donation in the name of C.D., my step-father. He speaks very highly of the troup greeters and we are proud of all the work he has done for the group. Our nephew has gone through Bangor and was very impressed and humbled. Thank you for all you do. My husband and I know personally what a difference it makes.
November 14, 2012
Dear Maine Troop Greeters,
I will never forget the kindess and compassion you showed to our family several years ago when my son was returning from Afghanistan! What you are doing is a wonderful service to military families.
September 17, 2012
Thank you so much for the hero’s welcome your group gave to my fiancé’s unit, the 136th MEB National Guard Unit out of Texas. He flew in and out on Saturday, Sept 15. They are heading out for nine months and had just said goodbye to all their families. Their hearts were heavy and they were anxious about what they would find in Kabul with all the unrest today. Your welcome meant so much to them and was truly appreciated by the troops and their families. I have spoken with several families over the weekend and each soldier was deeply humbled and very impressed with your group. Thank you so much for being there for them to cheer them up and on when we could not.
Words can’t express our deep appreciation but I hope these few words encourage your group to continue your very important work.
July 4, 2012
In 1991, many of you welcomed my husband home from Desert Storm. I have never forgotten that. He was completely surprised and very impressed with the welcome your committee gave him. It was a welcome he did not receive when returning from Vietnam.
I found your web page and am so thankful for it. The soldiers and families ar dear to me even tho my husband is now retired. Thank you so very very much for all you do to bless our military and their families!
Wanda H. (Army wife)
June 24, 2012
Dear Maine Troop Greeters,
Please accept these books (Battle for Bagubah) as a token of my appreciation for waht you do for our Troops. I have been the recipient of your kindness and generous hospitality several times over the years nd wanted to take a minute to express my appreciation. Your actions are a great reminder to the Troops as they leave the country and return of just how awesome America and the peope in it really are.
I do reference the Troop Greeters within my book, but most importantly, I tell a story about a Soldier that was in my company who was from Bangor, and did not return from war.
I hope you find these pages inspiring and I also hope you gain a deeper insight on what the Soldier's accomplised in Iraq.
We are without a doubt livng with the next greatest generation.
Robert S. C.
1SG (Ret.), US Army
May 23, 2012
Last nite my nephew arrived in Maine on his way back to Camp Pendleton. He just completed his first combat tour with the Marines. He called my sister, his mom, that he was at airport and received a heros welcome there. On behalf of our family I would like to thank your organization for welcoming our troops home. I am sure it is truly appreciated. We all prayed hard for him and his unit and our prayers were answered. So again thank you for all that you do.
Vincent L. P.
Sr Vice Commmander
Hokendauqua American Legion
March 25, 2012
I want to thank you for everything you and the Maine Troop greeters have done for the troops. I have been lucky enough to be greeted in Maine 4 times now. I know a few weeks back we came home and we where greeted by everyone again. I remember back in 2010 when you guys let me borrow a cell phone to call my parents and tell them I was finally say in the states.They definitely appreciated the call. So again Thank you. I want to thank you again for all the hard work you guys do. It really makesme and my brothers and sistershappy to see that there people in America who truly care.
Thank You Maine Troop Greeters! Job Well Done!
February 15, 2012
February 1, 2012
Dear Troop Greeters,
I live in Brunswick, Maine and recently posted some photographs of my hockey goalie mask on a major goalie site and received the following note from a veteran as part of his reply to my post.
Maine will always have a real soft spot in my heart...I'm not sure how far away you are from Bangor, but, two of my favorite life experiences took place at Bangor International Airport. That is the first stop stateside that we make on our way home from Iraq/Afghanistan. Having all of those WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf War Vets lined up at the gates to shake our hands and welcome us home is such an amazing, humbling experience. Aside from seeing my family for the first time, it's my favorite thing about coming home from my two tours of duty over there.
Bangor Daily News, December 2, 2011
Thankful for greeting
On Thanksgiving, as I counted the things and people for which I am thankful, Bangor was among them.
That afternoon, I received a phone call from my son who was en route to Fort Hood, Texas, from the Middle East. We had not had much contact during the past few months. His company was moving frequently, dismantling our bases in Iraq to prepare to come home.
There was always that fear in the back of my mind - that nagging little voice of doubt, wondering if he was safe, until the moment he returned to American soil. Hearing his voice reassuring me that he and his fellow soldiers were safely back in the U.S. was the greatest blessing of the day.
He told me how the citizens of Bangor had turned out to welcome the troops home when their transport stopped to refuel. I recalled reading that you have done this faithfully over the years as troops returned to the U.S.A. The fact that you took time out from your own Thanksgiving dinner celebrations to welcome my son and his colleagues back home was so very touching.
Thank you for your show of caring and support for our troops. You citizens of Bangor, and the many fine young men and women who have passed through your city on their way home from the Middle East, all make me proud to be an American. May God bless you all in abundance.
Mary Kay Robbins
November 30, 2011
I stumbled on your website accidentally when I was looking at a video on You Tube. I was fortunate enough to travel through Bangor on my way home from Iraq in December 2004. I have told many people about the wonderful greeting my unit received when we stepped off the plane but I have never had the opportunity to say Thank You to all of you who dedicate your time to greeting U.S. Service Men and Women returning from combat at all hours of the day.
After traveling for almost 20 hours we arrived in Bangor at 5 am. I recall stepping off of the plan into the jetway and hearing clapping echoing down the hallway. As I walked down the jetway into the terminal, I was greeting by a large group of people of various ages clapping and smiling at the soldiers on our plane. A lady stepped up and thrust a cell phone into my hand and said "call home"; regardless of the fact that it was 3 am at home and my wife was deep asleep I woke her and told her I was back in America. The greeting we received was phenomenal and it still brings a smile to my face as I recall our arrival on U.S. soil.
Whenever I talk with other soldiers I deployed with, we still talk abou the wonderful reception we received in Bangor, Maine. Thank you for being such outstanding hosts and dedicating your time to greeting American Service Members.
November 4, 2011
I am a mother of one of the soldiers that you welcomed at the Maine airport. I cannot find words BIG enough to thank you for what you do, not only for the soldiers but the families they leave at home. It's so hard seeing them leave! (it's my son's first deployment), I was talking to him when his picture was snapped and I couldn't wait to see it posted. I really appreciate what you do!!!
God Bless you and all your volunteers.
Thanks Again, Karen
October 31, 2011
I bet the troops got a real big kick out a full school band welcoming them home! It always brings tears to my eyes to see them come home with smiles.
Thank you for your service to our servicemen. I'm sure they felt welcomed. Parents of Specialist H., Sophia, NC.
Dear Troop Greeters,
I am writing to thank you for being there for our boys (and girls). Our son Peter went through Bangor and he gave us the 'ourstopinmaine' address to see his picture. We haven't seen him since he left for Ft. Hood two months ago in preparation for deployment. We are so happy and extremely grateful that he was greeted with such appreciation and warmth. To know of such kindness in the world gives us tremendous solace at this time of separation. Thank you and keep up the good work!
October 25, 2011
Please share this e-mail with the members of your organization. My son, Sgt Glen T. and his unit were treated to a warm welcome at the airport this weekend as they made their way towards their combat tour. As a father and a 22 year retired veteran of the USMC, I was tickled and PROUD to see the photos and link which were shared by the unit's family readiness program.
What a AWESOME job your organization does for each service member as they enter the airport and await the next flight out. I know your group does more than just shake hands with the troops, and I thank the Maine Troop Greeters for all you do! Because I have been there, done that, I know each one of those Marines will remember the face of each person they had contact with and will cherish the personal attention they received during their short time in Bangor Maine.
Again THANK YOU and continued success.
October 20, 2011
Just wanted to thank you for your wonderful organization. What a treat it was for my son and I to see photos of my husband taken a few hours after we last saw him at Ft. Hood early Wednesday morning! I've attached his photo as well as a family photo of us and one of him and our son taken just before he left on Wed.
Thank you so very much for what you do. It means a lot to us and to me personally, that my husband and so many other soldiers get to enjoy one last warm good-bye on U.S. soil before their deployments.
All the best, Lisa H.
October 17, 2011
After knowing what prior generations of Service Members went thru when returning home and not being welcome but insulted for nothing more than pure selfless service makes me proud that some understand what we do and celebrate the sometimes unnoticed efforts by many outstanding Service Men. To the Bangor, Maine beautiful supporters thank you for what you have done for us, understand that we do it for you too.
October 16, 2011
I am writing to express my sincerest thanks to the Maine Troop Greeters.
I came through on a flight on 26 May 2011, on my way home for leave from Iraq. I was totally amazed by the reception that your folks gave the flight arriving at Bangor International Airport.
I met a lady in your Troop Greeter Room who gave me a coin from the Maine Troop Greeters. As I am a huge collector of coins, this small token meant a lot to me. Your people gave me all kinds of heart-felt hand shakes and warm hugs. They were all a pleasure to speak with.
When I think about what your organization does, it makes me think about the Vietnam veterans who didn't get such a warm welcome in airports, as they returned from their war. Your organization has ensured that there is at least one airport here in the U.S.A. where we will not have to go through the experiences that those veterans had to suffer. I thank you for you and your organization's patriotism and love for me and my fellow Service Members.
V/R Robert L S.
Fort Carson, Colorado
October 15, 2011
I am a proud Army mother of two soldiers. I had no clue until tonight that there was a website to reach you folks.
My youngest son came through the airport there in May 2011 on his way back into the USA after being deployed for a year.
I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for what all of you do to make our troops feel welcomed back home. My son said it was the best tasting cheeseburger and fries he had eaten in a very long time. Someone took a picture of him so he could send it for us to see. Please know that it was one of the best photos I had seen in quite some time and it was wonderful to know he was amongst some of the best Americans! Keep up the good work!
God Bless each of you.
My soldier son just passed through the Bangor, Maine airport today on his way to Germany. He sent me a text with a picture of your card and site address. I can't wait to look at your site. Just want to say a huge thanks for making this possible. Although he's serving overseas, we choose to look at it as a life adventure as well and these once in a lifetime memories are precious. We appreciate you so much as your time is very valuable and we recognize your gift greatly.
October 12, 2011
My husband left for deployment from Hawaii yesterday, and has arrived this afternoon in Maine before departing on his journey to Afghanistan. I received a text message to check your site from my husband. I just want to thank you for all your time to travel out to take pictures of our Military Service members, as a wife and mother of a 11 month old, it means more to me then you will ever imagine. I find it amazing that people that don't even know these men and women will go show their support.
And this is why I can say I am so very proud to be an American. Thank you so much for everything!
October 6, 2011
My husband is with this group, and it makes me feel so good that people do this kind of thing! Thank you so much! You have no idea (or maybe you do) how much this means! Thank you, thank you so much! And keep doing it! I'm one of those super sappy wives, and it's a first deployment for me and my husband, and I am so grateful!
October 4, 2011
It made me feel good to know that you all were there too greet us. Makes me feel proud to wear the uniform! Thanks.
Thanks so much for your website!! Will miss my son so much. Thinking of all these wonderful young men, and they are all in our prayers. Hope they get to come home much sooner than expected!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! OOH RAH!
Thank you for what you guys do! When we arrived at the Maine airport we didn't expect the friendliness and hospitality that you gave us. Please keep doing what your doing because you make a difference!
I'm so proud of my son on his 5th tour. It's a wonderful thing to see him smiling being so far away. Thank You to all of our military personel for keeping our country a safe place to be. Stay Safe. Hurry home.
October 2, 2011
Hi-- let me say Thank You--I appreciate what you folks are doing. I spent 21 months at Dow AFB(BIA) as a security policeman--fond memories of Bangor. We just visited this past August with our friends who live in York. When I got back from Viet Nam--people threw eggs at us at San Francisco's airport--Thank God you are there for my son-in-law and all those others you have served--Thank You again for your service to these young men and women-----A vet in Pennsylvania
Thank s to all the wonderful people that greet our sons, husbands, wives, daughters, it is so awesome to see someone taking care of them. I appreciate your time and friendly smile for my son. He called me and told me to check out your website. It gave me a warm feeling to see him and know someone cares about the job he does for his country. Thank you again.
September 28, 2011
To: The heroes of the home front.
Thank you for supporting us. It means a great deal that people we are fighting for really care.
Whether or not you agree with the reason we are being sent, you are behind the men and women going. To us it's just another deployment, but with your backing it makes us feel appreciated. It feels good to be useful, needed and loved.
On my first deployment we landed to fuel up on our way to Iraq. As we came down the hallway I heard clapping and music. It got louder as I got closer. When I got into the airport it was a celebration like I have seen in the movies for soldiers coming home from WWII. I thought to myself,"Do they know that we are leaving and not coming home from a deployment. We haven't done anything yet." Just before we got back on the plane we formed up with our captain and they formed up with their dress uniforms with an officer in front. We exchanged salutes and they said they were passing the torch from their generation to ours.
It was hard not to tear up because I saw those who reminded me of my parents. I also saw the heroes of a great generation. Those who went before us did not worry if their internet connection was fast enough. They had to worry about how to get a job in a society where they were outcasts for being in the military. The very people they were fighting for hated them.
Thank you for turning this trend around. I believe most people want to make a difference in the lives of a few. You have made a difference in the lives of thousands.
I'm sure it was not easy greeting soldiers in the middle of the night in bad weather. The trouble you have gone through to wake up on your own and make it to the airport shows character. It shows dedication, self discipline and a desire to make a difference in the world.
In a world that only cares about self, thank you for caring about others. This may not be an award or medal but your efforts are appreciated by many soldiers.
From all of those who have not had the time to put it into writing.
From: A thankful Soldier
Spetember 26, 2011
Thank you for doing this...you all are a great blessing to all the families of these soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines. God bless you and us all.
Thank you for all you do day in and day out for Soldiers. It is always truly inspiring to travel through Bangor Maine. I look forward to our return. Thanks.
Thank you so much for welcoming my son and all the troops home to the US after being in Afghanistan for 7 months.
THANK YOU...Sharon E.
September 18, 2011
What a wonderful, dedicated group of people you are! Thank you so much for your service to our miltary.
September 16, 2011
Thank you guys so much for your support. It is so nice of you to give up your time to welcome us home you are amazing. Soldiers can only do what they do because of the support from loved ones and friends at home like you.
September 15, 2011
It is sheer blessings to be a part of this experience; and as always my family prayers and thoughts goes with all the soldiers and their families... See everyone really soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 14, 2011
To all the members of your group,
My name is Mary and my sister is on her first deployment overseas. Thank you so very much for being at the airport to greet her. This has really helped to make me and my mom feel better. It is because of kind people like you Ann Marie does her job. She was in your airport in September. We are a close family and it is so hard having her leave, especially since she is our baby. Thank you for being able to show her love when we couldn't be there. The kindness you showed her will never be forgotten and I thank you so much for that from the very bottom of my heart!
May God Bless each one of you with his richest blessings, Mary
Thank you soooo much for your hospitality. My older brother is a Marine and I am so proud of him. Thank you for giving all of them a place to sit and rest and some ole fashioned hospitality.
September 13, 2011
Thank you sooo very much! This means a great deal as our men and women transition to do their duty! It is heartfelt gestures as this which gives us hope as family members look on, that there are still people out there that support our service members!!
September 11, 2011
Our niece just returned from her third deployment from Iraq. She was greeted by ya'll on Sept.1,2011. I would just like to take the time to tell you that we appreciate all that you do to greet our young men & women. It means so much to us to know that they are not forgotten & they are appreciated for all that they do. May you continue to be truly blessed in all that you do!
September 5, 2011
Thank you so much for what you do for our troops. I miss my son Jeff so much already. He is my only child, but I know that he and his company will return safely to us in a few months. I am sure our troops appreciated you with all their hearts. There are just not enough words to say how appreciated you are. Go Marines!!
Thank you so much for greeting our troops in Maine. We are so proud of our soldiers and so thankful that you are too. It means so much to them and to us the famlies to have people throughout our country that are so appreciative of their service and sacrifice. We are so glad to have our son home in the United States. Thank you!!!!!!
September 4, 2011
Marines, you all are such a blessing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers goes out to each and every one of you and your safe return to your familys. I agree with Jennifer M., Great to see, makes a mommas heart very happy!
Thank you good people of Bangor, Maine, for showing they really are home! Such a wonderful relief to see them on American soil once more.
September 3, 2011
Thank you so much for welcoming our soldiers like you do----Maine is great.
I saw on a Marine Family connect board online about your website and service. Our young son (19 year old) is deployed for his first tour in Afghanistan over the past few days. I just saw his picture on your website!! It is very difficult as parents (and sister) to see him off. More than that, knowing that you were there to greet them, welcome them, show that there are those that know and care about their sacrifices, and support them - that means so very very much to us who can't be there. Showing that kindness and support to our son is very moving to us.
Thank you for your sacrifices of "standing guard" at the airport all those hours.
May God bless you for all that you do.
Laura L. B.
September 1, 2011
Thank you to the men and women who are fighting for "our" and "other's" freedom. Because as we all "should" know, "Freedom is NOT free". It comes at a great sacrifice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I have so much awe and respect for what you're doing for our troops! My son was so excited to tell me about you. From a scared mom, thank you.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the service you do for our troops! What a wonderful way to show you care! It gave me such joy to see my son!
I would just like to thank all of you for what you are doing for our troops. My boyfriend was one of the Marines who flew through there on his way to Afghanistan and I can't tell you how much it meant to me to be able to talk to him with the cell phone which he said you guys provided! I think it is an amazing thing because all our troops need to know they are not forgotten and that their service is appreciated! Thanks again.
August 31, 2011
Thank you so much for taking care of the troops on their way to their combat deployment! It is so hard to let them go, but it helps to know that people like yourselves care about them and what they are about to face. Our son was on the way to Afghanistan. God bless you all! Your efforts are appreciated by many!
Ena and Hal J
Thank your Organization SOOOOO MUCH! It is nice to know that when they first hit the States, that they are greeted by people such as you. Thank you for all that you do to support the troops.
Wow! So amazing... my son will be passing through there soon. Amazing to see these strangers volunteering and their kindness to our kids... Our United States Military. Wouldn't it be nice if the military was welcomed and supported like this across the country- ALL THE TIME.
THANKS FOR WHAT YOU DO!
Kandy (Proud Marine Mom)
August 29, 2011
Thank you so much for everything you do, it means so much to our troops & their families. I know from experience, was there Sat night to see my grandson Brandon S. , leaving for Afghanistan. You guys are awesome, God Bless you all. I wish I lived closer to Bangor, I'd be right there with you greeting our finest men. I'm so proud that Me. has such great people as you. Hope I see you when my Marine returns.
August 28, 2011
I just wanted to take a few moments tonight to thank you. Our son, Lance Corporal Karlyle B. stopped by and spent some time with you on his way to Afghanistan. It is his third overseas tour but his first to Afghanistan. Karlyle is from the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and is Minnecoujou Lakota - Sioux to most folks. He has a three year old daughter at home. Maine is a long way from home. As our hearts burst with pride, fear, hope and love, being able to know you were there to support him and share your love with him makes my heart full. Thank you simply does not begin to express our gratitude to you for your kindness to our son.
Pilamaye from South Dakota.
We will keep all of you in our prayers as you do this important work.
Rebecca and Stephen B. Rapid City, South Dakota
Thank you so much for taking care of the troops on their way to their combat deployment! It is so hard to let them go, but it helps to know that people like yourselves care about them and what they are about to face. Our son was on the way to Afghanistan. God bless you all! Your efforts are appreciated by many!
Ena and Hal J
August 24, 2011
I just want to thank you for what you do. I live in Georgia and I won't be able to attend my son's welcome home ceremony at Fort Hood. Just being able to see his picture as he enters the states again in Maine, means the world to me. I really don't have the words to let you know how much I appreciate what you do for the families and thier returning soldiers. No soldier should ever have to come home with no one there to greet them. You all act as extended family for the ones who are unable to be there. I know that means alot to our heroes. And it means alot to this mother to know my son was greeted by someone who really cares.
Thank you and God Bless each of you.
Sincerely, Debbie H. J.
August 22, 2011
My brother in law Gordon Y. is a Marine who recently passed through your airport on his way back to Afghanistan. I just want to thank you and your organization for being there for them. It's hard to watch him go. But it was nice to know that there was someone there to see him (and the rest of the troops) and thank him and wish him well. Again, thank you. and God Bless you all.
p.s. I have no doubt your group was also there when my son in law came back from HIS tour of Afghanistan as well. you are ALL angels
God bless you Maine, for making my son & his fellow troops feel supported and loved..
August 18, 2011
I was part of this unit before up til they left! It makes me feel so good to see that there are so many people out there that support the troops! Thank you so much for the support! Heather
Thank you to the wonderful people who are The Maine Troop Greeters! For those family members who couldn't be there to see their loved ones leave US soil, you are a comfort. Our prayers come together in that send-off!
August 17, 2011
I wanted to share a recent conversation relating to the Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport.
While traveling in Antigua, my flight was delayed by eight hours. While waiting at the airport, I spoke to a young man who also was waiting. He asked that I pass his thanks on to all the troop greeters.
He's in the Army and had recently returned from Afghanistan. When I told him that I lived in Maine, he said he wasn't in Maine long but it was the best experience of his life. He said having to stop in Bangor on his long trip home was at first a disappointment. He wanted to get home and did not want to stop anywhere. He said the welcome he received was the best he has ever experienced and he truly felt like a hero.
He asked me to thank the people who take their time to welcome the troops home, so thank you. What you take the time to do is greatly appreciated.
Joan M., North Yarmouth
August 16, 2011
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put forth to supporting our troops in this way. My son is one of the soldiers welcomed by your group and I can not tell you how it warmed my heart. I know it means the world to these men and women as they leave their families to serve our country to have this type of greeting! God Bless you all!
In Christ, Lynn D.
August 14, 2011
Thank you so very much ! My son is a Navy Doctor that just left for Afganistan Sunday eveing. He was in your posting from August 14 that left late in the evening. We are a very close family and his deployment has been so very hard for all of us. We are so very proud nevertheless of him and all of the soldiers that are there. He had emailed me to look on this site and it put a smile on his moms face for sure today !
August 9, 2011
Thank you so much for being there for my cousin as he was being deployed! None of us were able to be there, as we live across the country. I feel so much better that someone was there giving him and his troop a good send off! It really means a lot to me and my family. God bless you!
August 8, 2011
What a great thing, especially since my daughter was among that group of soldiers. My combat medic.appreciates all of this. Thank you from a mother letting her daughter go to Iraq! I love you Meghan.....come home fast! I love you forever and a day!
August 4, 2011
To Whom it may concern,
Thank you soo very much for all you do for the troops!!! It is super nice of you to greet them like that! I wanted to make sure you know how much you are truly appreciated!! On top of that it was at 1 am!!! So again thank you for much. May God Bless you all!!
Sincerely, Lori W.
Just wanted to send a big thank you to those behind greeting our soldiers . My husband was SGT H. who was there early yesterday morning. Knowing he made it there safe and was smiling has made my days easier! Thank you so much for doing what you all do, I know my husband,myself along with the other Soldiers appreciate it. Getting the hand shake always makes their day!! God Bless You All!!!
Respectfully, Ashley H.
August 2, 2011
Thank you for all you do for our soldiers. It makes us feel good that you are there to service our loved ones. Bless you and all you do.
My husband was one of the soldiers who came through in July. It's so sweet that they are given such a warm welcome and shown such appreciation. Thank you for caring!
This past weekend, my husband and I saw the guys from 1-77AR of 4/1AD off, as they left for another deployment. This marks the third deployment for many of these soldiers since late 2006. My husband deployed the last two times with them, but now has too many combat injuries, along with PTSD and TBI and is no longer able to deploy. He is currently in the process of a medical retirement due to this.
As we saw our close friends, who are more like family, and the ones that he has an amazing bond with from past tours, our hearts swelled with pride as well as tears. The tears came as we saw them off and wished them the best. We told them to take care and let us know what they needed once there. We promised to be here for any of their families if anyone needs anything. Just as we told them we will be here when they come home, welcoming them with open arms. As my husband shook hands with these guys, gave them hugs, and told the other NCO's to keep an eye on his soldiers, who are still babies, I saw the older group tearing up and saw grown men crying. My heart broke for many reasons. My husband feels torn and it's incredibly hard on him because he can't go back with them.
Knowing that you and others were there this past weekend to welcome them into Maine, before they headed to Germany and then Kuwait, before the drop in Iraq makes my heart swell with pride. Just knowing that you take the time to shake their hands and give them hugs as they got off the plane, means the world to so many of us. Thank you for that! Thank you for making sure they had people with amazing hearts.
My husband mentioned to me that you, or someone like you, was also there when he flew into Maine before and after his deployments. I saw him tear up, which is hard to do with this 6'4" grown man. So many people speak so negatively or say nothing at all, that when they see you standing there, either welcoming them home or wishing them the best, it brings their morale and hopes up. It helps them in more ways than I could ever explain. Thank you for what you do!
Even though we no longer have deployments ahead of us, we will never forget the ones that we have been through. I will never forget the fears of the unknown or the obstacles that have to be overcome. As I write this, I find myself full of tears because it is all still so fresh.
Thank you for what you do and for all of the support you have for these men and women. The pictures that you have shared has put a smile on many faces, from spouses, children, parents, friends and so many more that are back here praying for their safe return home.
With all my love, Brittney B.
Thank you for taking time out of your own lives to do this for our troops! My cousin was on the July 28, 2011 (11:07 PM) flight....my family and I thank you for giving him a warm send off =) God Bless each and every one of you!
August 1, 2011
I want you to know that as a mother of one of the soldiers that came through the airport last night, that I am truly grateful for all of you that were there to meet not only my son but the rest of his fellow soldiers. You are doing an amazing thing for them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for our soldiers. This is my husband's second time through your area and he has spoken highly of it both times. I appreciate you taking the time to welcome them and treat them the way they so deserve. You put a lot of smiles on their faces. My husband Matt and I both thank you for all that you do.
July 31, 2011
My husband was a flight home from Afghanistan that was greeted by your organization on Friday. I can't thank you enough for what you do. It means a great deal to them to know people care enough to spend their time waiting in an airport for the opportunity to shake hands with a stranger they will never see again. Thanks again. Brenda W.
July 30, 2011
Hello Bangor greeters! This native Mainer is my dad and I cannot thank you all enough for being there to welcome him home when I could not. You are true American Patriots and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for being there for our troops day or night. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you for your dedication to our troops. This means so much to the families at home. God bless you and Semper Fi.
Thank you Maine Greeters! I am so proud of my daughter. Keep up the great work your doing. A father cannot be more proud of his daughter serving our great nation. Thanks again for all your hard work in greeting our troops!
July 29, 2011
I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful way you greet our soldiers!!! I wish every airport in the country had such caring people as you are!!
Thank you again!!
Proud Army Mom!!
My husband just left through Bangor on the 27th. You heros stayed up real late and met them. I am so THANKFUL for you.
Your heart of service is amazing and a wonderful testament to the patriotism all Americans should display. Thank you for persevering through these long wars. Often people launch a campaign that last for a short time but you 'keep on keeping on'.
When my husband passed through Maine in 2004, someone was there to meet him then too. It may not have been you, but thanks for telling them you'd see them on their way back through. I am sure that comforts them before a long flight into the unknown.
This past trip through late Wednesday night you posted a letter from my husband to his children at home in South Dakota. My husband and I have adopted 4 special needs children (whom we fostered for several years). This deployment is very challenging for them, especially since moving from parent to parent in foster care has made them susceptible to abandonment. Those letters you mailed for that one soldier will provided comfort and security to 4 lonely and scared children. Thank you.
My children are Lakota Sioux Indian and we say thank you 'pilamaya'.
In appreciation, Emily B.
July 27, 2011
I am so grateful and amazed that you do this. I can tell by the smiles and the faces of the guys that they are thrilled to see you. The first thing our son said when he called us was that these amazing people were shaking their hands and cheering them on when they got off the plane. Thanks so much for honoring our service men. God Bless you and the USA.
Thank you. My son called to tell me how meaningful it was to have Veterans take the time to shake their hands before they leave the U.S. to serve their country. And as a mom I loved seeing the photo of my son with a WWII and Korean Vet. I will look at that picture every day while he is deployed. And I sent it to my 94 year old father in-law who served during WWII. He would be as proud as his fellow veterans as he is of his grandson. Thank you
July 26, 2011
Dear Maine Greeters,
You are the best...true patriots! Please know how much it means to us to see our son's return to The USA. You've been there for both of our sons....a total of five welcomes by the Maine Greeters.
God bless you for what you do.
Its a wonderful thing to see the love and support from everyone for our troops. Thank You Maine. Seeing my boyfriend safe made my day so much better. (coming from Oregon) Thank you so much again and Thank you to all the Troops serving. God Bless.
Thank you for all you do for our troops as they come thru your state. As a military mom, I appreciate it. One of my sons was in your airport on June 20, 2011. I don't know how you did it, but you got a simply fabulous picture of my son. He usually hides from the camera or simply doesn't smile. But you were able to get a great picture of him with his genuine smile. Thank you. That smile is a challenge to catch on film. So keep up the great work and know that military families appreciate what you are doing for our men and women.
Military Mom of 5 Children serving our Country
July 25, 2011
Thank you greeters/vets for welcoming home our daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, moms, dads & relatives when families are unable to!
We send THANKS to all you soldiers for serving our country and putting your lives on the line...one can't find all the right words to thank you enough! WELCOME HOME and glad you made it safe! Our prayers & thoughts are with you all.
Thank you to all you heroes!
Thanks so much!!! We, the families of these soldiers appreciate people like you who do this for all of us!
Thank you for sharing and caring for our troops as they pass through! My son is in one of your pictures! Brings tears to my eyes! God bless you all!
July 24, 2011
I may never get to Maine to be in line with or thank these # 1 citizens to whom I offer my sincere gratitude for being there to greet the guardians of our country when they first return to the United States of America!! Thank you for your service to our service men and women and thank you for representing all of the families and loved ones at "home", who would love to be there with you!
You really made my sad day a happier day! I was so proud of my home state of Maine for giving our troops such a wonderful greeting! You guys are awesome! And it is very much appreciated by the troops that go through there. Thank you so much for all that you do!!!!
My husband was part of a group of Marines who came through Bangor's airport on 7/23/11. When he called me for the last time before heading overseas, he mentioned the crowd that had gathered to support the troops and meet them at their last American stop. He and the other troops were really touched by how supportive and patriotic this group was to them.
I just wanted to share one of the many comments from the post I made about your site and what you do, "Thank you sooo much for being there for our men and women. Thank you for what you do!!!!!"
I don't think I could have said it better. Thanks again, it means so much!
Sincerely, Julie B.
Thank you all for your time and dedication to this. Thank you for the posting for the pictures. We didn't see our son in there but saw some of his buddies, so we know that was the right flight. We are in Portland, Oregon and have not seen him since he got his orders for deployment back in March.
Thanks again for what you all do!! Michael & Lisa S.
July 23, 2011
As Marine parents we can't thank you enough for this kind of support for our men & women who volunteer to serve & protect The United States of America.
We hit the jackpot today! While seeing part of our family off to Florida, we had the great pleasure of joining the Maine Troop Greeters when a flight transporting Marines came into Bangor. Shaking the hands of all those special people was a wonderful experience for me and my two young boys. Thank you Troop Greeters for inviting us to participate, and thank you to the men and women in uniform for everything that you do. Take care and travel safe.
Thank you much to all the Bangor Maine greeters, I truly appreciate you taking the time to come greet us and welcoming us back home. Thank you again god bless you all.
I just want to say THANK YOU so much for what you do! We had to say "See you soon" to my son last week Sunday because he was heading back to Camp Lejeune. We have been able to talk to him this week but were not able to see him. You made him and his fellow Marines feel so special by greeting them and taking care of them while they were at the airport today. Since we could not be there with them for the last few hours they are in America I am so THANKFUL that they were surrounded by people who cared about them and that they were shown true kindness. What you do each and every day has such an impact on these men and women and those of us who love them. All I can say is God bless you and each and everyone of the volunteers for taking time out of your lives to show kindess to our service men and women.
I will be forever grateful! Kristi R.
July 20, 2011
Thank you all in Bangor for what you do for our sons, daughters, husbands and wives -- What a wonderful feeling it must be for each of them to see you all welcoming them and making them feel special like their own families would if they could be there. It is even more special because you do it to honor them and show them respect. May God richly bless you for your kindness and grace to these men and women who have given of themselves for each and every one of us. We appreciate your efforts for our family members.
July 19, 2011
Thank you for what you do. My husband arrived there last night and both he and I are very grateful for the welcome the soldiers received. It means a lot.
Hi, My name is Judy S. My son, SPC Colton S., with the 1/134th Cav., had the pleasure of being greeted by your group in the last couple days. I just wanted to send a quick email to say THANK YOU for that. I didn't know that anything like that existed. Please pass my thanks to the rest of the group. It is an awesome thing that you do. Hopefully, I can get to Maine someday and come to your booth. May God bless all of you for your care, concern, and compassion.
I will let Colton know when I see him and will show him the site. ....and I let some of the other moms know also.
Please have a blessed week!
Sincerely, Judy S.
July 15, 2011
My husband is in the US Navy. He stopped in Maine last night for a layover before heading to Afghanistan. While there, he was greeted by the Troop Greeters, his picture was taken by you all, and I was lucky enough to see the pictures today. I have downloaded the pictures and sent them to our family members. I just wanted to take time to say THANK YOU! I was unable to be there when my husband left. It was comforting to know that there were people there to shake his hand, give him a hug, take his picture, and capture it all for us! I cannot expres to you how you made my husband feel before he left. He called me to tell me about you all and he was speechless, he could not put into words how much it meant to him! What you are doing is not only helping our troops and making them feel good before they leave, you are helping the families who cannot be there by giving one last hug or handshake! I do not know how to express how appreciative I am of what you all are doing! Please thank all of the volunteers from the bottom of my heart and make sure they know what an incredible impact you are making for all of the troops and their families!
You ALL are a blessing!
Cassandra D., Proud US Navy Wife
July 14, 2011
Your group is the BEST EVER when it comes to greeting our soldiers in Maine. I always cry when I visit your site because of the good ol' American pride locked in me. Much appreciation for all your efforts and the time consuming job you're doing.
I love your site. YOU'RE SOOO AWESOME!!!
Freedom is not Free!!! God Bless YOU!!!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!
Thank you so very much for what you do! This is our family's first deployment and this is a comfort to all of us. My husband was on the phone with me when you called. Not only was it reassuring to hear his voice, but it made me smile to know that I would be able to see a picture of where he is and what he's doing! We are all so very proud of him! It is hard for me to put in to words what it means to all of us that you do what you do. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Annie & Cadance S.
July 7, 2011
I just wanted to thank you so very much for the hospitality shown to my husband and fellow soldiers as they came through Maine. I cannot express how greatful I am that you provide this for our SOLDIERS. My husband was so greatful. Thank you very much!!!!
Sherry C. from Seminole, Oklahoma
July 5, 2011
I'm glad to see so many people supporting our troops. They need to know not just their family's are proud of them and wish for a safe return. Y'all have a blast and return safe to the ones that love you.
July 4, 2011
I just wanted to say thank you to the people that were there to meet and greet our troops from The Great State of Oklahoma. These type of gestures mean the world to the families back home. This particular soldier is the love of my life, a great mother, wonderful wife, loving daughter and beloved sister. We deeply miss her and are counting the days till she returns home to us. Our Love is always with her always! May God watch over her and the soldiers of the unit. G.CO.
Thank you for everything you do for our soldiers. You folks need to be commended for all of your hard work. It is greatly appreciated by the soldiers and their families.
Thank you so very much to the Maine Troop Greeters! It is a wonderful thing this organization does. As a spouse to one of the soldiers it helps with the transition of deployment when we get to see our soldier one last time before they head into duty! Thank you again.
July 1, 2011
You gotta love Bangor & those troop greeters!
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