Message from OWHMD Founder – October 2014

Did you know that October 26th is designated in our nation as the National Day of Deployed?

National Day of DeployedTo be honest, it was the first I’d heard of it too! In 2006, the designation was initially started in North Dakota, with Governor Hoeven proclaiming it statewide. Then in 2011, Senator Hoeven led the efforts in the Senate, and received an unanimous vote to make it a National day of honor.

This day recognizes all of our brave service members who have been deployed or who are currently deployed in harms way, protecting our freedoms each and every day. Let’s not forget,  thousands of our young men and women are deployed in dangerous areas all over the world protecting our freedoms. If you know someone who was deployed, be sure to show them your support. For those who are currently deployed, take a moment to show your gratitude, perhaps by sending a note of appreciation, a box of goodies or a saying a prayer for their safety.

October 26th is also “Make a Difference day”, a day more commonly advertised in our news today. It is a day where our nation comes together, providing community service across the U.S. At this time, there is not an OWHMD event (keep checking, things do change!); however, there are other ways to help our organization on that day. Perhaps you can:

  • Organize a collection of snack items for the snack bags, such as crackers, chips, candy, granola bars and water, as we always need these items for the 6,000 snack bags we make each month;
  • Invite friends over for coffee and make welcome home cards which will be included in the snack bags; or
  • Lastly, write a story of your experience in greeting the troops and forward it to your local newspaper to be published on Veteran’s day, November 11th. Let’s flood the newspapers and FB to honor and remember our service members!

What a great way to tell others that we do make a difference, not just one day of the year, but each and every day in greeting our military heroes at the BWI International terminal.

For all you do, in supporting OWHMD, my humble gratitude!

Until next month! See you at the airport ! Sincerely,

Kathy Thorp, Founder, Operation Welcome Home (Maryland)

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. Email any questions you may have to: 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. Thank you! Visit us on Facebook  OWHMD Facebook Page

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