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WATCH: 96-year-old WWII veteran performs national anthem on harmonica

Army Maj. Chris Morisoli, left, talks with World War II veteran Peter B. DuPré, after the Wheeler Field Remembrance, in Hangar 206 at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2016. Morisoli is a member of the 25th Infantry Division based in Hawaii. (Kristen Wong/U.S. Army)

Pete DuPre, a 96-year-old World War II veteran known as “Harmonica Pete,” performed the national anthem on a harmonica in a fitting tribute to mark Memorial Day.

DuPre performed before the start of a friendly soccer match between the U.S. women’s national team and Mexico on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (U.S. won 3-0.)

Wearing a “World War II Veteran” hat and USA soccer shirt, he tipped his cap to the enthusiastic crowd and played a beautiful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Watch the performance:

The U.S. women’s national team tweeted that they met DuPre in January when they visited Normandy, France. posted a statement from USWNT: “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, Pete had enlisted in the Army serving three years overseas during which time he treated wounded servicemen from all areas of Europe. “

After the match DuPre greeted and hugged each member of the team as they got on the bus.


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