The family of the fallen Marine Christopher Orlando thanked Hingham for the town’s heartfelt welcome home reception. The family shared their thoughts on a state police Facebook post on Friday morning.
Orlando, 23, and 11 other Marines went missing after two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii during a training mission earlier this month. The Marines were declared deceased on Wednesday, after a five-day search. Search and recovery efforts for the fallen marines are continuing, according to the family’s statement.
“Following the United States Marine Corps Base Hawaii Memorial Service for the twelve Marines of Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, who died while conducting a training mission on January 14, 2016, we were deeply moved by the tremendous show of support upon our return to Massachusetts,’’ Richard and Linda Orlando said in a statement.
Police had encouraged Hingham residents to welcome his family as they returned home from the memorial service held at United States Marine Corps Base in Hawaii. Local police, fire, and community members answered the call, lining the streets of Hingham upon their return Tuesday night.
“The people of all ages who lined the streets holding flags and signs of support in silence and respect for Christopher and us will be etched in our minds forever,’’ they said. “Most importantly, the show of patriotism and gratitude honored, and continues to honor, Christopher, his fellow Marines, and all those who protect and serve the citizens of this country.’’