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Soldier surprises brother at halftime of football game

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Army soldier Will Cherry surprises his brother at the Mona Shores football game Friday night

MONA SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) -- Most Friday nights, the shining lights belong to the football players.

But at halftime on Mona Shores' field, sophomore trumpet player Joey Pastucha marched onto the field not knowing he would get one of the biggest surprises of his life.

His brother, 25-year-old Army soldier Will Cherry, was on the sidelines, fresh off the plane from a tour overseas. He hasn't seen Joey in two years, much less see him ever play in the band.

"He took to it and really put the initiative towards it. That's important in a young man's life and he's grown up and come into his own with it, and so the fact that I get to be here and see him do it, it means a lot," said Cherry.

After watching the halftime show, Cherry got his chance to surprise his brother.

"That was awesome, I'm so proud of you man," Cherry said, hugging Pastucha in the infield.  "You don't give this up man, you look so good out here. You do this and you run with this."

Pastucha barely held the tears in, but off the field, their sisters couldn't. Cherry's homecoming was a surprise for the entire family, his six siblings.

"This is the best night in a long time," said Cherry.

It's a night Pastucha says he'll remember for a long time."

"A long time as in forever," he said.

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