Message from OWHMD Founder – April 2017


It’s with a great excitement, that we here at Operation Welcome Home Maryland, invite you to attend our 10th year Anniversary on April 20th.  Our passion of welcoming home the troops from overseas deployments could not have come to fruition without the support of each and every one of you!

Over 600,000 servicemen have been greeted at the doors of the International terminal since its beginnings in 2007. Thousands of families who have come to our events, have been recognized too for their support to their loved one, as they are deployed. How appropriate we are celebrating our Anniversary, during the month of the Military Child. Thousands of children have had to cope without a parent for months at a time, sometimes a full year.

Special guests have been invited, to include Governor Hogan, Miss Maryland, and local Servicemen who have experienced one of our welcome home events.

We would love to see you to help us celebrate this milestone!

When:  April 20th   2-3 pm

Where: International Terminal, Concourse E, Upper level, BWI airport

RSVP: no later than April 19th to Anne Church (

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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