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Governor Honors Bangor Troop Greeters as They Welcome 2000th Flight

November 01, 2006 - TRC

AUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci today honored the special citizens from the Bangor area who have been welcoming back troops who have served overseas in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Today the 2,000th flight of returning soldiers landed at Bangor International Airport. Bangor troop greeters were there to warmly welcome the soldiers back – just as they have been for every such flight since May 2003.

Governor Baldacci issued the following Proclamation to recognize the contributions of the Bangor troop greeters.

WHEREAS, since May 2003, nearly 400,000 troops on 2,000 flights have deplaned at Bangor International Airport in transit to and from the Middle East conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere; and

WHEREAS, these troops – Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force – have been met by smiling faces, handed cell phones to call families, and provided with cookies, candy and reading material by grateful Maine citizens; and

WHEREAS, this is the first welcome these troops receive on U.S. soil when returning and a promise to be remembered when departing; and

WHEREAS, Bangor troop greeters are known throughout the military community and many request the Bangor stop-over; and

WHEREAS, Bangor troop greeters are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to greet American soldiers before they depart US soil, or when they first return; and

WHEREAS, troop greeters have brought credit to Maine through stories on national news and in articles in newspapers across the nation; and

WHEREAS, the Bangor troop greeters welcomed their 2,000th plane since 2003 on November 1 – standing proud, supporting the troops of the United States of America,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN E. BALDACCI, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim November 1, 2006 as


throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize these generous and giving individuals for the care shown to our Nation’s heroes.

Special recognition from TRC Maine is extended to Ricky Bradeen of Medford for his faithful attendance at troop greetings...and to all the many people from the area who have made the trip to BIA to honor our troops.
Thank you for putting your caring into action for all our service men and women.

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