12/16/2013 06:42 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2013

Marine Gets Ultimate Homecoming During Pittsburgh Steelers Game

Sunday night's Pittsburgh Steelers home game against the Cincinnati Bengals was a bit more emotional than usual.

According to, the Lemasters family thought they were accepting a "Salute Our Heroes" award on behalf of Lance Cpl. Cory J. Lemasters, who has been serving in Afghanistan since 2012. But to the family's surprise, Cory walked onto the field to accept the award himself.

"That was amazing," the Marine told, "especially seeing their expressions."

Right after the family reunion, the Steelers shared the moment on Twitter.

Welcome back, Lance Cpl. Lemasters. We're glad we got to witness your homecoming.


Clarification: An earlier version of this article misstated in the headline that Lance Cpl. Lemasters is a soldier. He is a Marine.


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