BANGOR – The holidays are a time for family, and troops flew through Bangor this weekend on their way to be reunited with their loved ones.
There’s no place like home for the holidays is such a familiar refrain.
And for over 200 United States soldiers landing on American soil on Christmas Eve they are that much closer. The soldiers had spent nine months in the Middle East before landing in Bangor.
Major Jay Thomas, 451 Expeditionary Sustainment Command, said “We are glad to be back in the states. We landed today on Christmas Eve and we’re flying to another location and we’ll be there four to five days before we actually make it back home.”
Even though they won’t be seeing their families until closer to New Years. Major Thomas said the anticipation of meeting the Maine Troop Greeters was uplifting. He stated “Being in the service you hear about coming through here, and so just we were excited knowing we were coming through here so we would see the greeters. Yeah it’s just awesome.”
And as usual the Maine Troop Greeters did not disappoint. Major Thomas added “Some of the greeters were passing out some fudge, some candy canes and singing some Christmas tunes for us. It’s greatly appreciated and being back on U.S. soil is awesome.”
Following their break, a few phone calls home, and mingling with the greeters, the troops boarded their plane. Just a little closer to home for the holidays.