Message from OWHMD Founder – Sep 2017


Our Country has been under an enormous tension and trauma the past month or so. From the protests against our American Flag, to the disastrous hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and now Las Vegas my heart aches for our Nation.

I am only one voice, amid thousands opinions regarding the NFL support of the players disrespecting our Flag. I believe in the right to protest, but not on ones “work time”, nor at an event for which my hard earned money, and a lot of it, is being spent.

I may be one voice, but one voice to say this is “deplorable” to our service members who serve and who have served. One just has to attend a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, and witness the presentation of a flag to a loved one or see the Flag draped on the coffin of our deceased service member. It’s the cloth of our Nation, the last gift our Nation gives a grieving family for their husband, wife, son or daughters ultimate sacrifice.

I have a message for the Ravens, and other NFL teams who visit Baltimore, I challenge each and every one of you to give back to our troops, by showing up for our welcome home events, and demonstrate to those who are returning from their long, and exhausting deployments that YOU do care for our troops. You will see the weariness in their eyes, the strain of being away from their families, the concealed nightmares, night after night, of watching their buddies being banged up, while wearing our Flag on their uniform, defending the freedoms that we hold dearly.

So I dare all who feel my sediments to enjoy the new found time of not watching football, and spend time with your family and friends in other ways. Volunteer at one of our events, seek ways to help in your local community and better yet, the city of Baltimore.  We are not rich like the NFL players, but are rich in our hearts knowing that we have given time to our community, as starts with each one of us!

As for those who are recovering from these natural disasters, and the horrible Las Vegas shooting, on behalf of all of us here at Operation Welcome Home Maryland, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We applaud all the unsung heroes who risked their lives to save others and who will be living with the trauma of that fateful day for years to come. Something, by the way, that our service members do, day after day.

Hope to see you at the airport soon!


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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