I am currently serving on active duty with the U.S. Army in Iraq. I was
fortunate to be able to return home on leave and spend the Christmas
and New Year’s holidays with my family. I traveled home in desert
camouflage uniform with other troops on a charter flight from Iraq. Our
charter flight stopped in Bangor, Maine at about 2 a.m. Upon exiting
the aircraft and entering the airport terminal, numerous members of the
local VFW greeted us. The VFW members, along with their spouses, cheered
and greeted us with handshakes and hugs. They provided us coffee and
doughnuts and allowed us to use their mobile phones to call our families.
The other troops and I re-boarded the aircraft and proceeded with our
flight to Atlanta, Ga. We arrived in Atlanta approximately 6 a.m. and
exited the aircraft to proceed to the main terminal and claim our baggage.
Upon entry into the main terminal of the airport, we again were greeted
by cheering crowds of local citizens who shook our hands and welcomed
us back. They also gave us phone cards and teddy bears for our families.
While awaiting my follow-on flight to Augusta, Ga., I was approached
numerous times by total strangers who thanked me for my service in Iraq
and offered me words of encouragement. Upon arrival in Augusta, Ga.,
I was met by my family and while waiting to claim my baggage, was again
thanked by total strangers for my service in Iraq.
The other troops and I were truly overcome by the patriotic support that
we received. Let me take this opportunity to thank your readers for the
support that they have shown to my fellow soldiers and me. Such a simple
act means so much to a soldier who has been isolated from his family
and home for many months. One of the primary things that contribute to
maintaining a soldier’s morale is the assurance that he is remembered
and supported by the folks back home.
Thanks for your support,
M. Sgt. Michael L.
Williams Sr. , Vidette
I have been a patient in the local hospital (Burke Medical Center) several
times over the past two years and most recently, last week.
I want to commend the doctors, nurses and other staff members for their
professionalism as well as the personal touch with which they give care
to their patients. We all tend to be quick to criticize and slow to praise
in many areas of our lives and I do hear criticism occasionally about
I’d like to say to those people and the whole community, we are
indeed fortunate to have such a facility in our town and the Buchanans
would like to say “thank you” for the special care you have
given me. No one likes to be hospitalized, but it is so nice, when it
is necessary, to be at home. It’s convenient for family and friends
to visit and it’s nice to be cared for by people like our local
Thanks again to all of you.
T.E. “Red” Buchanan
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