Sunday, June 29, 2008

True patriots

The first time Seth deployed, I wrote about the Maine Troop Greeters here. I was really impressed with their commitment to our troops. Well, he flew through Maine this time, too, and was, once again, greeted by those wonderful people. Not only do they do what they can to make the troops feel appreciated and at home during their stopover, they take pictures of them and put them up on their Web site. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see these pictures of my baby boy...but maybe you can imagine..... :)

Here's his plane coming in for a landing. No, you can't see him yet..... :)


There he is.....unloading from the plane and looking a bit tired.


Still looking tired.....still not smiling.....hmmm.


Ahhhh, he looks a bit happier now after putting some food in his belly.


Now this is the smile I know.....and one a mother can wrap her heart around..... :)


There are no words that could possibly express how wonderful these Maine Troop Greeters are. The love and appreciation they show our troops as they come and go from the U.S. is absolutely incredible. They don't have to do it, they choose to.....and at all hours of the day and night. They don't just say that they support the troops, they do it.....and they are, in my book, true patriots.

16 Comments:

Blogger ABNPOPPA said...

Hi Kbug

Smile mean a lot to a parent I know. I hope this finds you and yours well and hopefully Seth will get some rest on the plane. Keep us posted on him and Katie. We had another young soldier leave last week from our church so we have a lot of guys to support.

As always, he is in our prayers.

Have you caught 'Dad's new posting regarding CBS news closing down their Iraq bureau. It's very interesting.

6/29/08, 3:46 PM  
Blogger MightyMom said...

just stopping by to say THANK YOU for his service and your sacrifice. Found you through Infantry Dad and the gang...

should you like, get your soldier's name to me and I'll add him to my soldier prayer list at my blog.

God Bless and keep.
Sarah

6/29/08, 6:37 PM  
Blogger Infantry Dad said...

Hi K.
Chack these ladies out.
They make almost every flight thru Bangor, and take and post pictures.
They live in Freeport, home of LL Bean. So it is a two and a half hour trip to Bangor.
I work for a company who's home office is in Bangor, so I have visited the airport, and seen the greeting center first hand.
I was drawn to it after our son went thru their on his way to Kuait, and then the sand box.
Just being there for a few minutes gave us a feeling of being closer to him.
The Flag ladies are heroes also, in my book.

6/30/08, 7:25 PM  
Blogger Infantry Dad said...

Oh yeah, I forgot the link.
http://www.freeportflagladies.com

6/30/08, 7:26 PM  
Blogger Alycia said...

cThat is so wonderful and it is encouraging to read about the support they share in Maine for our troops. My husband has experienced that a few times also throughout the country in airports and it means so much to him. Blessings to you and your loved ones this 4th of July...

6/30/08, 8:11 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

K...
I can't tell you how this post has touched me - knowing how this must have touched your heart to see these pictures...Ok I admit it, I am bawling my eyes out here.
I guess we will never know just how many prayers are being offered for our troops. But to see the support is a wonderful thing.
God bless Seth - and you.
Hugs,
Sue

6/30/08, 8:24 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

I remember when hubby went through there, he was happy to get one last doughnut before leaving, he said he even got a tear in his eye when he saw how many people were there for them.
Take care and stay strong.

7/1/08, 8:11 AM  
Blogger Infantry Dad said...

K, this evening I was looking at pictures at Maine Troop Greeters, and realized that my son may have been on this same flight.
June 6th. 7:45?
I looked at a couple of different flights, but the pictures look so familiar.

7/1/08, 7:10 PM  
Blogger kbug said...

Infantry dad, Seth went through Maine on the 11th...but you're right, all the flights look the same and it's hard to find the right one. Could be because they're all wearing the same thing.....lol.

7/2/08, 6:45 AM  
Blogger MightyMom said...

Thank you for stopping by and playing Thesaurus Thursday! Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see who's the biggest SILLY GOOSE and SMARTY PANTS of the week! :-)

7/2/08, 9:50 AM  
Blogger Reasa said...

kbug
Those are some awesome pictures. I am glad you found them. Now I know where to look when Hubby takes off soon.

7/6/08, 4:59 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Lots of prayers for Seth's safety. I so know what you mean about sleeping with the cell phone. Brad has talked about the greeters at the airports too. I love it, and I wonder if they know how good they make the soldiers feel inside. Lots of prayers for your family.

7/7/08, 2:52 PM  
Blogger Airborne dad said...

Mark flew through Bangor on one of his deployments. He was very surprised at the attention. These folks are the best. Our prayers are with Seth.

7/8/08, 5:39 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Eric went through there when he deployed. Those people are wonderful and I am so grateful that they do what they do. They are truely patriots.

7/10/08, 12:08 PM  
Blogger Kc said...

update update... post something new....



DIl

7/17/08, 8:09 PM  
Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Prayers going out to Seth for a speedy and safe return.

7/18/08, 4:51 AM  

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