BANGOR - The Maine Troop Greeters were once again at Bangor International Airport welcoming home soldiers and thanking them for their service. But the greeters got their own appreciation of thanks, that through a monetary gift.
Machias Savings Bank handed over the $2,500 check to the Maine Troop Greeters Tuesday afternoon.
The amount, kick starting the plans for a long time dream, a museum.
"What we have is so precious from our troops," Chuck Knowlen, Chairman of the Troop Greeters, says. "It will be here and we know it's going to turn out to be something everybody who comes to Bangor will want to see."
"[It's great for us] to help the Maine Troop Greeters formalize and keep the last ten or eleven years of remarkable events they've done in greeting the troops that have come through," Jim Donnelly, Executive Vice President of Machias Savings Bank, says.
The ceremony filled with troop greeters, community members, and even some of our armed forces, who happened to receive their welcome home 30 minutes prior.
"More than 1.5 million troops have come through Bangor," Donnelly says. "We've had the ability to make a small donation to help preserve that for generations to come."
"I think it's a great idea," Corporal Medina, of the U.S. Marines, says. "I really helps us know that people appreciate us being over there."
"I will be worth it, it really will," Corporal McCarver, of the U.S. Marines, says. "There's a lot of good stuff in here."
The greeters will come together on April 10 to further define the architectural plans of the museum that is expected to cost anywhere between $120,000-$220,000 to build and maintain.