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Chairman Pease Greeters
The Pease Greeters
We Are And What We Do.
Our Troops, One Flight At A Time.
Dear Fellow Greeters,
am honored to serve as your Chairman. It
is a privilege for me to be a member of an organization whose members
go out of their way to see that not only are the brave men and women
serving our country treated with respect, but our veterans as well.
I am always moved by the manner in which we the Greeters pay
this respect to or troops and veterans.
The mission of a Greeter is always clear and is carried out
with grace and dignity becoming of American Patriotism.
Pease Greeters Mission:
· To welcome troops
passing through Pease International Airport on their way to, or from,
Afghanistan or Iraq, or any other areas of conflict in any part of the
create within the Pease Trade Port an environment that reflects the
respect and high esteem in which we hold all veterans.
promote broad participation by the general public in this welcoming of
heroes, paying special attention to the education of school children
by instilling respect and
admiration for the troops through formal ceremonies for each flight.
It does not matter
whether it is 0400 (4AM) in the morning or 1600 (4PM) in the afternoon
the greeters are there to welcome the troops. The
Greeters’ welcome has three phases; the initial greeting which
includes hundreds of Greeters clapping and cheering while patriotic
music plays in the background. Hospitality
continues with Dunkin Donuts ™, coffee, soda & water,
cookies, Friendly’s ™ ice cream, and many more delicious
goodies (too many to mention) along with use of the telephone banks
installed by Whaleback™ Industries so that our brave men and
women may place telephone calls free of charge to anywhere in the
world. All of this is
topped off by being able to spend time with a great group of Americans
who are appreciative of what they do for our country.
Greeters’ closing ceremony may come last, but it is far from least
in the overall scheme of the greeting.
This part of the greeting includes photographing the troops so
that each flight may be added to Hero’s Walk – a hallway at Pease
dedicated solely to our brave men and women whom have passed through
Pease International Airport. Next
our Nations Colors are presented, we have the singing of our National
Anthem, a blessing from the Greeters Chaplain, a brief presentation of
who we are to the troops before us along with a reading of the Star
poem – Stars from retired flags with a poem are given to every man
and woman who come through Pease, and an offering of “the shirt off
our back” – a signed Pease Greeter sweatshirt presented to the
commanding officer. At
the closing of our ceremony, just prior to the troops boarding the
flight, the officer of the day will salute the troops with the
following words, “We, the old
Warriors, salute you, the young Warriors”.
join us in supporting our troops. Be aware that Greetings are
I look forward to
seeing you at the Airport!
Charles E. Cove
Chairman, Pease Greeters
Bylaws To the Constitution of the Pease Greeters Fund, Inc.
Cove - Chairman
Davidson - Co-Chair
Frank Kervin Sr.
PO Box 22311
Portsmouth, NH 03802 - 2311
(603) 828 - 6444