FAIRFIELD - A Fairfield Marine was honored today after serving for seven months in Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Josua Irizarry was given a hero's welcome at Fairfield Warde High School before a football game against Danbury High School.

The ceremony featured a police honor guard and a special performance of the national anthem.

Irizarry's father, Hector, says he spent months praying for his son's safe return.

Irizarry will be deployed to Afghanistan again with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine division in a little more than a year.