Friday, 10 November 2017 15:53

Troop greeter museum grand opening Featured

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BANGOR - Maine troop greeters announce a special opening at the Bangor international airport dedicated to those who served.


A museum to honor all those who fought for our country.


Veteran George Bridgham said "This is one of the most exhilarating and the best feelings I've had in many many years."


The museum includes a collection of memorabilia given by troops as they passed through Bangor's airport representing the sacrifices that our troops have made on behalf of our country is now showcased for all of Maine to see.


Jared Golden a Marine combat veteran said "I think it says everything about Maine we're a state third or fourth in the nation in the terms of number of veterans that we have and people here are just so appreciative of service and understanding and how important it is and I think this means Maine says everything about that."


Since 2003 the Maine group greeters have welcomed over 1.5 million troops either going overseas or returning from duty at Bangor International Airport.


Army veteran Kevin Tillman said "They were in Vietnam and now their walking down the airport and really feeling what America is."


Co-chair of museum campaign Cathy Czarnecky said "That museum is perfect because it does everything we wanted it to do. It is going to educate people. People are going to learn some of the experiences that the troops had while they were here."


"The troops will know even more how much we appreciate every single little item that they've given to us."


Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in Dix Hills Long Island where she anchored for their TV Club, and had her own radio show called "All Access Entertainment."

She won an outstanding achievement award and graduated on the dean's list.

Prior to graduation Shonna interned at News12 Long Island.

Shonna comes from a big family. With three older sisters, her parents, and six nieces and nephews there's never a dull moment when she's around them. When she's not working she enjoys working out, dancing, spending time with her fiance, and planning her wedding! Shonna would love to hear if you have any story ideas. You can email her at [email protected].