The problem encountered with these requests is that to date there just isn't a single clearing house to put people in touch with a lcoal program, so as a service, I try tolink and post about local programs. Today, I just found out about such a program in Maryland that welcomes home troops arriving at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport.
Fittingly enough this program is called Operation Welcome Home - Maryland
Hundreds of our Sailors, Airmen, Soldiers and Marines return from the War on Terror every week though the gates of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home volunteers have greeted over 160 flights and more than 33,000 Soldiers, Sailors,
Airmen and Marines.
Volunteers are always needed to give our troops the hero’s welcome that they deserve. Operation Welcome Home (Maryland) averages one welcome home event per week, and YOU could be part of the excitement. Individuals, corporations, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, civic organizations, religious organizations, and government agencies have all participated in events since our founding in March 2007.
Volunteers help decorate the lobby with patriotic signs and banners. They also package “goodie bags” for the troops, many of whom are hungry, thirsty, and tired from their travels and will be waiting on a connecting flight. When the troops arrive through the doors of the International Arrival terminal, we shower them with praise, cheering them on, hugging them, offering them a “goodie bag,” and thanking them for their service.
If you are in the Baltimore Washington Metro area and want to take part in one of these events, just click here and join the other patriots honoring our heroes as they return home!