Operation Welcome Home Maryland opens its arms to U.S. troops

Operation Welcome Home Maryland greets incoming troops from the theater of war, making sure their first encounter home is positive.

Thirteen-year-old Francis [cq] Moreno, Miss Junior Teen Delmarva from Rockville, Md. and volunteer Judy Ryan hang welcome signs in the international arrivals area of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 as part of Operation Welcome Home Maryland. The organization greets incoming troops and wants to ensure that their first encounter back on U.S. soil after being deployed is positive. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Thirteen-year-old Francis [cq] Moreno, Miss Junior Teen Delmarva from Rockville, Md. and volunteer Judy Ryan hang welcome signs in the international arrivals area of BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 as part of Operation Welcome Home Maryland. The organization greets incoming troops and wants to ensure that their first encounter back on U.S. soil after being deployed is positive. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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