Even before the U.S. National Women’s soccer team’s match with Mexico knocked off on Sunday, the crowd at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey was brought to its hoof by Pete DuPre, a 96 -year-old World War II vet and his pregame harmonica performance of the national anthem.
While the crowd began the anthem in related stillnes, they started sing along about halfway through before roaring as DuPre delivered the psalm to a close.
DuPre served as a medic during World War II and his parents were both part of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War I. He likewise already had a pretty sterling reputation for his harmonica achievement even before Sunday’s nationally televised recital. Known as “Harmonica Pete, “ DuPre has performed the chant for a range of boasting affairs and ceremonies over the years.
He also has a special relationship with the USWNT as the team met him and other ex-servicemen on a see to Normandy, France back in January ahead of a friendly competitor against France’s team.
He also got to say goodbye to the team as they laded up the bus following their 3-0 win over Mexico.
That it was Memorial Day weekend only added load to DuPre’s anthem and it just so happened to be the USWNT’s last parallel before they leader to France to defend their designation in the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
DuPre’s anthem was a huge hit on Twitter as viewers shared their reactions to the stellar carry-on.
Awestruck! He needed a wheelchair to leave the field, but stood there and played the hymn, tough as claws! I think of how many times he might have played this in a foxhole or at tent during WWII. Thank you for your service, you are a genuine protagonist!
— Ron Jobmann (@ codak3) May 26, 2019
Best national carol I’ve ever heard!
— Jeremy Wilkerson (@ j_e_r_emy) May 26, 2019
Well .. this is the best occasion I’ll meet all day.
— MileHighJustice (@ notstevevai) May 26, 2019
As for the USWNT, their World Cup defense begins on June 11 as they open group theatre play against Thailand.