BANGOR – The Maine Troop Greeters took a huge step toward building a new home.
The Greeters are world famous, and now they’re one step closer to expanding and creating a museum at Bangor International Airport.
“Having that resource there for the soldiers coming through, it’s limitless it feels like, what that impact has had on the people coming through here.” Said Councilman Gibran Graham.
Last summer the museum plans were announced, and Monday evening the City Council unanimously approved a “memorandum of understanding” between Bangor, the airport, and the greeters, opening the door for the museum to be built.
“This is a way to really mark that moment in time for our community,” added Nichi Farnham, fundraising chair for the Greeters. “…and really to honor our troops and honor the troop greeters as well; all those citizens in our community who number over 400 who did this.”
Construction is slated to begin in July or August, and the greeters have an appropriate deadline of Veterans Day in November, just in time to welcome soldiers coming home for Thanksgiving.
“When they would land in Bangor it was that first time that they had to realize reality that they were back,” said Farnham. “This museum will help us retain and, I guess, share the memories that took place.
The organization is still fundraising. If you would like to donate, visit mainetroopgreetersmuseum.com.