A message from Honorary Chair, Secretary William S. Cohen:
Dear Friends of the Maine Troop Greeters,
It is my pleasure to serve as the Honorary Campaign Chair for the Maine Troop Greeters Museum which will be located at Bangor International Airport where a remarkable story of gratitude and friendship was born.
Over the past twelve years, often in the dark of night and no matter the weather, ordinary citizens have turned out to offer a warm “Welcome Home” to America’s sons and daughters returning from their deployments to troubled foreign lands. On their journey home, these returning soldiers first set foot on American soil in Bangor, Maine. Those waiting to embrace them and honor them came to be known as the Troop Greeters. In the midst of this heartfelt expression of respect and gratitude for those who choose to serve, those who were once strangers were strangers no more.
Now it is time to commemorate this special experience by creating a museum where all can visit, learn from, and remember this extraordinary display of human kindness. The Maine Troop Greeters Museum will preserve the thousands of items of memorabilia resulting from the greeting experiences shared by the Troops and the Greeters and create a place of healing and remembrance for all who visit.
I invite you to join me in supporting the creation of this important memorial exhibit as a way of honoring those who have served and those who have honored them.
Secretary William S. Cohen