Camp Pendleton Marines return from Afghanistan

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Hundreds of Camp Pendleton Marines will set foot on American soil after completing a most dangerous mission in Afghanistan.

The mission took place in the dangerous Helmand province, where they have officially handed over security responsibilities to the Afghans.

The bulk of those marines will come home Thursday, ending yet another chapter in the longest war in American History.

After 13 years of explosions, firefights and memorial services to honor the fallen, Camp Pendleton Marines have taken down the American flag in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

They have completed their challenging, exhausting and dangerous mission. Security responsibilities have been handed over to the Afghan National Security Forces.

422 Marines paid the tremendous price, with well over a hundred from Camp Pendleton.

The welcome home ceremony happens at 1:30 p.m., Thursday.

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