On Sunday, the US women’s soccer team (USWNT) faced off against Mexico, a final stop before heading to the Women’s World Cup next month. While the USWNT had a great game – beating Mexico with a score of 3-0 – that result was somewhat overshadowed by World War II veteran Pete DuPre’s rendition of the national anthem before the match even started.
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The 96-year-old WWII veteran headed onto the pitch at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey before the opening whistle.
DuPre performed the national anthem on his harmonica, drawing the awe of the crowd before igniting excitement in them ahead of the start of the game.
As DuPre played, the crowd was largely quiet, aside from the occasion rise of applause at key moments.
At the end of the national anthem, the crowd erupts in applause, showcasing their appreciation for DuPre’s performance.
Nicknamed “Harmonica Pete,” the veteran has been performing for years, according to a report by USA Today.
The USWNT provided some details about DuPre’s background, stating, “During WWII, DuPre served as a medic in the 114th General Hospital Unit in Kidderminster, England. At age 17, both of his parents had already died, making him the acting patriarch of a five-person family.”
“Within a year,” the team continued, “Pete had enlisted in the Army serving three years overseas during which time he treated wounded servicemen from all areas of Europe.
— ESPN (@espn) May 26, 2019