The University of Southern Maine joined the chorus of thank-yous to Maine’s front line workers Wednesday, erecting a set of 20-feet-long banners on the Portland campus’ Alumni Skywalk above busy Bedford Street.
The banners read: “USM Thanks Maine’s Healthcare Personnel, First Responders, & Critical Workers!”
USM President Glenn Cummings came up with the banner idea after spotting a handmade sign on someone’s lawn while on a morning run.
“In this challenging time, to say “thank you” and be grateful is part of who we are,” Cummings said. “USM is part of this community. We feel an obligation to express our gratitude to people who are sacrificing so much to keep everyone safe.”
The banners are emblazoned with USM’s colors and its Husky mascot, but the message conveys a sentiment shared by our neighbors throughout Maine. The Portland Campus’ location, near the heart of the city, made it an obvious place to carry the message.
“It’s an important statement at a time when we’re feeling unity and shared experience,” Cummings said. “We all want to say ‘Thank you.’”
USM President Glenn Cummings says USM felt an obligation to front-line workers. “It’s an important statement at a time when we’re feeling unity and shared experience,” Cummings said. “We all want to say ‘Thank you.’” (Marc Glass/USM Public Affairs)
— By Dan Hartill/USM Public Affairs