December 26, 2013

Maine troop greeter featured in documentary dies at 91

Bill Knight was one of the volunteers who spoke to soldiers as they deployed and arrived at Bangor International Airport.

The Associated Press

BANGOR – Bill Knight, a World War II Navy veteran whose volunteer work greeting soldiers at Bangor International Airport was featured in a documentary has died. He was 91.

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Bill Knight of Bangor is shown greeting troops just back from Iraq as they arrive at the Bangor International Airport in 2007. Knight has died at age 91.

2007 Associated Press File Photo/Pat Wellenbach

Gov. Paul LePage said Knight died Wednesday at the Maine Veterans Home. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Knight was a member of the Bangor Troop Greeters, who gather at the airport to welcome soldiers as they return from oversees or to wish them well as they are deployed. He and two other greeters were featured in the 2009 documentary “The Way We Get By.”

LePage said Knight was proof that a simple handshake and saying thank you can inspire a nation.

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