DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A vigil was held for Sgt. Adam Schoeller, the marine who went missing off the coast of Hawaii, following a training exercise on January 14.
Sunday, the community gathered to honor a friend, son, neighbor, and comrade.
“We’re just going to miss him,” Adam’s father, Ralph Schoeller, said.
Even though Adam didn’t make it home, his memory is a homecoming.
“Each and every event like this brings a little more healing and a little more closure for the family,” Bob Hylton, Pastor of Country & Town Baptist Church, said.
Hundreds honoring Adam for his service.
“But as a parent, as a family member, you just hope and pray they don’t have to do that,” Ralph said.
Adam loved his community and his high school, which is why he died for the soil he has yet to return to.
“This is healing too for this community because every marine here and every veteran here has lost a brother. so there’s a real sense of camaraderie with that,” Hylton said.
In a town that’s facing unexplainable pain and darkness; love shines brighter.
“People we don’t even know. People who didn’t even know Adam, reaching out to us, letting us know that they’re proud of him,” Ralph said.
It’s one step closer to healing but complete closure will come home when Adam does.
“Adam we’re going to miss you. We love you. Semper Fidelis,” Ralph said.
Semper Fidelis is the motto of the marine corps which means “always loyal.”
The flag at the Veteran’s Memorial Clock Tower will remain at half-staff for one week. There is a memorial service scheduled for February 20th and 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Evangelical Free Church on 290 Petersburg Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013.