Message from OWHMD Founder – February 2017

Operation Welcome Home Maryland will be celebrating our 10th year Anniversary this spring and we are asking for your help in our celebration activities.

To start, we are looking for stories of how our mission has touched you in some way. We know that thousands have been greeted through the years, and thousands have attended our events. How about sharing your story?

Secondly, we are looking for the top photographs from our events. Was it a family homecoming? An engagement? A collection of these stories, and top pictures will be part of our our celebration.

I am looking forward in hearing from you! More details will be forthcoming of the date of this celebration, so check our web page for details. Feel free to contact me below with your stories and pictures.

I would like to give several “shout outs” to a number of outstanding organizations and businesses who continue to support us through the years.

  • First, a BIG thank you to Ravens Nest #10, for their recent financial support to help purchase items for over 3,000 snack bags.
  • Chick –Fil- A (Maryland District HQ, and Arundel Mills’ location) has helped with a huge donations of chips, and bags which a favorite of our troops.
  • Another company is the famous Goetze Candy Company, who help provide a bag of their delicious famous caramels creams for the snack bags.

I truly wish we could name everyone who have helped with our mission, I know you know who you are, and so do we!!

Thank you!! We are extremely grateful for you, your company, firm, school, and group who help us with our mission. We could not do this for the past ten years without you all!

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

See you at the airport!


Kathy Thorp

About Operation Welcome Home Maryland!

Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home (Maryland) greets Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard service members returning from overseas. We average about four welcome home event per week, and YOU could be part of the excitement.

Individuals, corporations, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, civic organizations, religious organizations, and government agencies have all participated in events since our founding in March 2007. Volunteers help decorate the lobby with patriotic signs and banners. They also package “goodie bags” for the troops, many of whom are hungry, thirsty, and tired from their travels and will be waiting on a connecting flight.

When the troops arrive through the doors of the International Arrival terminal, we shower them with praise, cheering them on, hugging them, offering them a “goodie bag,” and thanking them for their service.

We invite you to come on out to the International terminal at BWI and help us welcome them home! Take a look at the EVENT CALENDAR on the right side of this website to see the current month’s event dates or call our hotline at (410) 630-1555.

We are also meeting many unexpected flights so keep watching the calendar for changes; we suggest putting our hotline telephone number in your cell phone to get up to the minute news on new flights we will be meeting…

Thank you for your interest in supporting our troops and giving them the hero’s welcome home they truly deserve!!! We also encourage military personnel from all services to come in uniform to greet your fellow servicemembers!

ATTENTION: Companies, schools, church groups and other organizations: We invite you to come out and support our welcome home events, and/or contribute water and snacks for the troops; please email us at Volunteers are always needed to give our troops the hero’s welcome that they deserve.

Email any questions you may have to:

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