WASHBURN, Maine — Main Street was lined with adults and children waving American flags and holding up greeting signs to welcome home wounded Marine Shayne M. Hathaway as he was escorted into town Sept. 11.

The 22-year-old was hit five times in the lower right side of his body with small arms fire while part of a 10-man patrol that was attacked on Aug. 22 in Afghanistan.

Hathaway, who was on his second tour of duty, was evacuated from the area and received treatment in hospitals in Afghanistan, Germany and finally at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Twenty-eight days after he was wounded, many in Aroostook County gathered to welcome him home, starting with the special Patriot Guard Freedom Riders motorcycle escort that picked him up in Houlton. Local police also helped escort him through their communities along the way. Members of the Maine State Police, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washburn Police and Fire departments also participated in the convoy.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 177 had raised the flags along Main Street as part of the welcome, and several area homes were decorated with signs and balloons.

Hathaway’s family, Fred and Beverly Thomas, traveled to Bethesda to be with him during his stay there, and brought him home on Sept. 11. He will be home for a brief visit, before returning to duty.