Every hour of the day, every day of the week, and every month of the year, a group of individuals volunteer their time to greet troops who arrive at the airport in Bangor, Maine. These volunteers are a diverse segment of the population: old, young, rich, poor, veterans, and civilians. Yet, they all have one goal in common: to welcome home troops from deployment, and wish them well on their way to war.
Since March 2003, over one million troops have been greeted by these volunteers. Regardless of the weather conditions or time of day, the troop greeters are on hand to show their appreciation and gratitude to those who serve overseas. They offer hugs and handshakes, cell phones to call loved ones, and snacks to feed their hunger. “Thank you for your service” and “Welcome Home” are not hollow words, but come from deep within the heart.