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All Things Maine

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

A Presidential Welcome

U.S. troops arriving home from overseas duty always get a warm welcome at Bangor International Airport. On Monday, they were greeted by a familiar face.

Bill Clinton's flight from Paris had stopped off in Bangor to refuel, and he found time to join the welcoming committee.
"Thank you for your service," Clinton said as he shook hands and hugged many of the approximately 600 soldiers as they passed by.

Many of the returning soldiers were visibly startled to see Clinton in the line of more than a dozen greeters. The soldiers were from the 3rd Infantry Battalion and the 313th Field Artillery Unit and were returning to bases in Oklahoma, Texas and Georgia.

"This is great," said Staff Sgt. Anthony Thompson of New York City, who stood next to Clinton, a "neighbor" who now lives and works near him. [Link]
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