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June 21, 2012
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Maine Troop Greeters create pavilion and garden at BIA

BANGOR - The Bangor International Airport is expanding. The new facility now has a landscaped garden and pavilion on site thanks to the Maine Troop Greeters and the generosity of several area businesses.

"This is a constant reminder of the patriotism shown every day by our troop greeters," said Tony Caruso, interim director at BIA.

Airport officials decided Flag Day would be the perfect time to show off the new addition to the public.

"I want to thank each and every one of you," said Congressman Mike Michaud during a ribbon cutting ceremony. "This pavilion will certainly enhance the time that the soldiers are here."

Both the pavilion and garden are located next to the Four Points Sheridan, just outside the airport doors. A small brick walkway leading into the new space is donned with names of several troop greeters who have passed on, including two dogs called Bri and Sam.

"I thought this was a wonderful and appropriate way to recognize the folks who often go unrecognized," said Sharon McKellar, a yellow ribbon volunteer from Weld who attended the ceremony. "A lot of us can't serve but we can serve those who do."

Since 2003, The Maine Troop Greeters have welcomed over 6,400 flights and shaken the hands of more than one million service men and women that have traveled through BIA.

"There aren't many airports that can say they've provided such a place for travelers," explained Chuck Knowlen, Chair of the Maine Troop Greeters.

The Troop Greeters say the new pavilion is just one more way they can show the members of the military how much they appreciate their service.

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