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89-year-old troop greeter featured in ‘The Way We Get By’ recovering from surgery

BANGOR, Maine — Bill Knight, one of the three Bangor troop greeters featured in the documentary “The Way We Get By”, is recovering at Maine Veterans Home after undergoing a pair of surgeries to fix his broken hip. The 89-year-old World War II Army and Navy veteran broke his hip …
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Troop Greeter Bill Knight’s funeral scheduled for Jan. 12 in Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Troop Greeter Bill Knight’s funeral service, with military honors, will be held Sunday, Jan. 12, according to Brookings-Smith Funeral Home. The service begins at 3 p.m. at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., in Bangor. A reception for friends and relatives will be held at the Brookings-Smith reception center, …
Maine Troop Greeter Bill Knight smiles as he participates in June 2008 Flag Day ceremonies.

Bill Knight epitomized the Maine Troop Greeter

Remember the Reader’s Digest feature titled “My Most Unforgettable Character,” in which subscribers recalled colorful people who changed their lives? My most unforgettable character was William Franklin Knight, 1922-2013.  Bill died on Christmas Day at age 91, but I can still hear his mischievous chuckle and Maryland drawl. Whenever the …

Bill Knight’s funeral service

Bill Knight’s funeral service at Brookings-Smith funeral home in Bangor Sunday. Knight died in December of 2013 at the age of 91.

Veterans remember Bill Knight on social media

In response to the passing of troop greeter Bill Knight, veterans and their family members have taken to social media to remember the World War II veteran, who estimated in 2011 he’d shaken hands more than a half-million troops leaving for or returning from the war in the Middle East. On …

Troop greeter film to get national showing on Veterans Day

BANGOR, Maine — So far, Bill Knight has seen 36 showings of the documentary film “The Way We Get By.”
Bradford resident and World War II veteran Bill Knight greets U.S. troops back from Iraq at Bangor International Airport in 2004.

Troop greeter Bill Knight dies Christmas Day at the age of 91

BANGOR, Maine — Well-known Maine troop greeter Bill Knight died Christmas Day at the Maine Veterans Home at the age of 91. Funeral arrangements are pending. Knight, along with Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet, was featured in the documentary “The Way We Get By,” produced by Gita Pullapilly and her …
Members of the funeral honor guard gets ready for the flag folding ceremony during Bill Knight's funeral service at Brookings-Smith funeral home in Bangor Sunday. Knight died in December of 2013 at the age of 91.

Thank you, hero: ‘The Way We Get By’ troop greeter Bill Knight recalled for humor, patriotism

BANGOR, Maine — One of America’s most famous troop greeters was laid to rest Sunday with a funeral that celebrated his irascible humor, deep generosity and patriotism. With Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in attendance, friends recalled William Franklin “Bill” Knight as a veteran dedicated to serving …
Film producer Gita Pullapilly and Maine Troop Greeter Bill Knight share a moment prior to the debut of "The Way We Get By" on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine in Orono.

‘Welcome home, heroes!’ — Friends, veterans reflect on legacy of troop greeter Bill Knight

BANGOR, Maine — Bill Knight was at Bangor International Airport at 2 a.m. one day in 2004 when filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly first met him. He was standing in the hallway, shaking hands with troops. Just hours earlier, doctors told Knight he had prostate cancer, Gaudet and Pullapilly …
World War II veteran Bill Knight and Korean War veteran Harold Hansen participate in a ceremony with 140 veterans, Maine Troop Greeters and community members on Sept. 23, 2005, at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

A tribute to a Knight we’ll all remember

In joining the Maine Troop Greeters night and day to welcome hundreds of thousands of troops stopping at Bangor International Airport as they left for war, or came home again, Bill Knight did a very good thing. In sharing his life as one of three Troop Greeters profiled in the …
Troop Greeter, Chuck Knowlen, left, along with his wife Beverly, third from left, talks with fellow greeter, Cathy Czarnecki, (back to camera, wearing red sweater) as Bill Knight, second from right, chats with fellow greeter Ed Burns during a cocktail hour prior to being honored as the 2009 Distinguished Citizen by the Boys Scouts of America at the Bangor Civic Center in Bangor on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)

Scouts honor troop greeters

BANGOR, Maine — When it was time to pick this year’s Distinguished Citizen, members of the Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, quickly selected the Maine Troop Greeters. “It was a …
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2012 Midcoast Photo Contest Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists and thank you to everyone who entered the midcoast photo contest. We had a great weekend at Arts in the Park in Belfast. All the votes have been tallied and we are happy to announce Andrew Carpenter as the overall winner. Andrew’s photo is of a …
Daymion McComb, 5, of Old Town watches as veterans pass him on Main Street in Bangor during the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30, 2011. McComb's great grandfather was a Korean War veteran.

Memorial Day parade draws thousands to downtown Bangor

BANGOR, Maine — Thousands of Mainers of all ages turned out Monday for the city’s 2011 Memorial Day parade, lining the parade route from downtown Bangor to Davenport Park. The parade kicked off from the corner of State and Exchange streets shortly after 10:30 a.m. with a solemn honor guard …
Sen. John McCain poses with a lobster at Bangor International Airport in Bangor on Friday night.    Two flights bound for Nova Scotia on Friday afternoon were diverted by bad weather to Bangor Inter-national Airport, resulting in six U.S. senators and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napoli-tano spending the night in Bangor. The VIPs joined Sen. Susan Collins and the Maine Troop Greeters in welcoming two flights of military personnel that stopped over at the airport Friday night. Pictured (left to right) are: Troop Greeter Bill Knight; Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama; Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Secretary Janet Napolitano; an unidentified troop greeter; Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland; another unidentified troop greeter; Sen. Jeanne Sha-heen of New Hampshire; two more unidentified troop greeters; Sen. Susan Collins of Maine; Sen. John McCain of Arizona; and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado.

U.S. senators stranded by weather join Maine Troop Greeters

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Waylaid in Bangor by bad weather farther to the north and east, a political who’s who of high-profile travelers greeted troops in Bangor …
Maine Troop Greeters turn toward a new Maine Troop Greeters sign that was unveiled during Bangor International Airport's "Thanks A Million" appreciation event recognizing their recent milestone of having greeted more than 1 million troops. Joan Gaudet and Bill Knight are in the foreground.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS)


Maine Troop Greeters turned towards a new lit Maine Troop Greeters sign that was unveiled during Bangor International Airport's "Thanks A   Million" Appreciation event recognizing their recent milestone of having greeted over one million troops. Joan Gaudet and Bill Knight are in the foreground. (Bangor Daily News/John Clarke Russ)

Troop greeters seek funds for supplies

Maine Troop Greeter Karen Walker wrote me recently to express the gratitude of the greeters “to the citizens of Maine for the support they have shown” that organization, which has been on hand, …
Maine Troop Greeter Chuck Knowlen, chairman of the group, points to one of 5,236 service coins that have been given to the greeters over the last 11 years at the Bangor International Airport on Tuesday.

As military flights through Bangor dwindle, Maine Troop Greeters work to preserve their history

BANGOR, Maine — At the height of U.S. military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan, the dedicated group of citizens known as the Maine Troop Greeters scrambled to Bangor International Airport as many as 11 times a day to meet men and women in uniform, returning to or leaving the United …
A leaflet that was handed out  during Bangor International Airport's "Thanks A Million" Appreciation event. The veent  recognizied their recent milestone of having greeted over one million troops. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Airport honors Maine Troop Greeters’ service

BANGOR, Maine — There is little to be said about the Maine Troop Greeters that hasn’t already been said, written about or immortalized in film.

Troop Greeter chief honored for patriotism

MILO – William Knight, the head of the Maine Troop Greeters, was recognized Thursday by the Joseph P. Chaisson Post 41 of the American Legion. Knight was presented the American Legion Americanism medal by Commander Randall Kluj. The Legion also presented a similar award to the Maine Troop Greeters. Kluj, …

CNN to show troops returning to Bangor

Bangor troop greetings will receive national attention Monday night when Cable News Network airs a segment on “Paula Zhan Now,” which begins at 8 p.m. Lead troop greeter Bill Knight and others will comment on the yearlong experience of welcoming more than 82,000 military personnel on nearly 450 flights at …

3,000th troop flight welcomed in Bangor

BANGOR – The Maine Troop Greeters welcomed early Sunday morning the 3,000th troop flight to pass through Bangor International Airport since 2003. At 12:45 a.m. last Sunday the 222 soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, passed through BIA on their way overseas, according to Bill Knight, one of the founders of …