Airport arrival & departure support for military, free Welcome Home banners
Links for additional support organizations (airport greeters & welcome home signs, Bibles, devotionals & Bible studies, cards & letters, care packages, chaplain resources, coloring pages, humanitarian aid, military working dog & handlers, other deployment support organizations, pet adoption & foster care, prayer support and many other resource) are all listed above.
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Arrival, departure greeters & photos
Additional welcome home support
Arrival, departure greeters and photos
Freeport Flag Ladies
Maine Troop Greeters picture portal
Welcome to the oldest and most widely recognized website and picture portal for the troops who have transited through Bangor, Maine. The website www.mainetroopgreeters.com and this picture portal are dedicated to each of these troops and to their family members and friends.
Operation Welcome Home
Hundreds of our Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines return from the War on Terror every week through the gates of the Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home volunteers have greeted over 700 flights and more than 150,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. We invite you to come on out and help us welcome them home!
Our Stop In Maine's Photos
To all our troops and their families. As a measure of our appreciation of your sacrifices we are honored to provide pictures from Bangor International Airport (BIA). Unfortunately, we are not able to meet every flight. We are a “Nana and Gramp” operation limited in what we are able to do. Pictures are posted as soon as possible of being taken. Please note that occasionally a troop will not want their picture taken and we respect those requests.
...the troops arrive to a boisterous welcome. The Greeters are proud of them and give the troops hearty applause, sincere handshakes, and expressions of "welcome home, thanks for a job well done, or we'll be here to greet you upon your safe return."
Everyone has a camera to record this happy event. Often the troops want pictures of the greeters. They hug and thank them for being there in the wee hours of the morning or late in the evening. Business cards are exchanged. Friends are made.
Soon they move on to enjoy hot coffee, doughnuts, pizza and other refreshments ON AMERICAN SOIL. Initially cell phones were freely offered by the Greeters for the troops to call home with news of their safe arrival.
Additional welcome home support
A Hero's Welcome
The mission of A Hero's Welcome is to organize and encourage Americans to welcome home our brave military personnel from the War in a manner befitting a hometown hero. It is through this effort that A Hero's Welcome hopes to promote increased community respect for our service members as well as increased morale for our returning military.
Family member guest passes to gate
Family members who want to accompany a military service member being deployed to the boarding gate or greet them returning from deployment at the arrival gate may receive passes to enter the secure area of the airport. Interested military family members should contact their air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport for proper local procedures. OWAH's note: It might be wise to make inquires in advance, or arrive early in the event you encounter uninformed airline representatives.
Free "Welcome Home" Banners and Jumbo Cards (Build A Sign)
Since 2008, BuildASign.com® has given away more than 337,000 Welcome Home banners and signs, worth more than $10 million, to military friends and families for their loved ones returning home from a deployment. It’s our way to say thank you for their service and sacrifice, and to make all homecomings a little more special.
The USO provides programs, entertainment and services at more than 180 USO locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and the United States.