The Freeport Flag Ladies

This awesome organization goes to Bangor, Maine to greet troops heading out or home from deployments (fueling stops tend to be Maine, somewhere in Europe, and then Kuwait).

From their website:

Untold thousands of pictures have been taken of the soldiers and put on the web site for their families. We make a special effort to be there for as many of the outbound troops as possible since we have learned that these pictures are so treasured by their families.

I have to agree. I don’t know why, but having some nice ladies smiling and hugging my husband and going out of their way to make him feel special for one minute is comforting. I get all warm and fuzzy feeling.

They also send care packages to the troops. If you are looking for a great way to support the troops (and don’t actually know anyone), they happily accept donations to fund their work.

Bill passed through on July 10, Flight 2, top 2 pictures of page 5. He, like so many others photographed, was on the phone (with me) – last chance before international charges apply.

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7 thoughts on “The Freeport Flag Ladies

  1. That is really neat!

  2. That is good stuff. They had a special report about these ladies on one of the news channels last year.

    By the way, Bill is also on Page 7, 5th row down. He is sitting on the bench speaking with another soldier. (looks like the soldier on page 5, 4th row down-left pic) It's a little blurry, but it's him.

  3. That is pretty neat! 'Cept I do get a little teary looking at them.

  4. I wish I had known! Our house is about 30 minutes from the Bangor Airport and Air Force Reserve base. I might have been at the commissary while he was 5 minutes away.

    (having never met Bill in person he might not like some strange woman coming up to him, “Hi. I know your wife and all your kids and I just wanted to say bye and may God watch over you.”

    There is a movie about the greeters coming out in a few months. May God bless their work. I don't think I would be good at it, I'd be crying instead of sending them off with a smile.

  5. Kat –

    It wouldn't be the first time some stranger came up to me as a result of The Saint and her blog.

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