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96-Yr-Outdated WWII Veteran Performs Nationwide Anthem on Harmonica — and the Crowd Goes Wild

On Sunday, the highlight was on the U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Group as they bested Mexico in an exhibition soccer match. However first, it was on Pete DuPré.

In a video shared by ESPN, the 96-year-old World Battle II veteran took heart pitch forward of Memorial Day to entertain the group earlier than the pleasant match held on the Crimson Bull Enviornment in Harrison, New Jersey, the place he carried out the nationwide anthem on his harmonica.

Sporting a “World War II Veteran” hat and USA soccer shirt, DuPré eliminated his cap in greeting to the excited gatherers earlier than changing it and starting the primary notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Pete DuPré

Pete DuPré
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Pete DuPré

Pete DuPré
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The viewers grew respectably silent all through the vast majority of the expertly carried-out track, however have been unable to comprise their cheers because the final bars performed.

Following his unimaginable efficiency, DuPré — generally known as “Harmonica Pete” — returned to his wheelchair and smiled as he waved jubilantly to the group.

One other video, shared by the USWNT, noticed the musically inclined veteran giving the ladies hugs and high-fives as they boarded their bus following the sport, which they gained 3-0.

Pete DuPré

Pete DuPré
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In response to a USWNT assertion given to NJ.com, “During WWII, DuPré 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, Pete had enlisted in the Army serving three years overseas during which time he treated wounded servicemen from all areas of Europe,” the assertion continued.

And Sunday was not the primary time DuPré has carried out in entrance of a crowd, or labored hand in hand with the USWNT. In January, he joined the staff and different World Battle II veterans on the seashores of Normandy, France.

The FIFA Ladies’s World Cup formally kicks off on June 7, with a match between France and South Korea in Paris. The U.S. will first sq. off in opposition to Thailand on June 11 in Reims, France.

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