Last year around this time, the U.S. women’s national soccer team took on Mexico in a friendly exhibition game in New Jersey. But it wasn’t the match that had everyone talking.
World War II veteran Pete DuPré, also known as “Harmonica Pete,” gave the crowd his rendition of the national anthem before the pre-Memorial Day game kicked off -- and to say it’s worth your 2 minutes, 44 seconds is a massive understatement.
You’ll get chills as you watch the reaction from the captivated crowd.
Considering this took place at Red Bull Arena, a huge sporting venue, it sounded eerily quiet as audience members listened intently and took in the sights and sounds of the anthem.
DuPre, who was 96 for this performance, appears to use a wheelchair, but he was on his feet for the duration of the performance. He waves to the crowd at the end, and the moment is one for the ages.
The sweetness doesn’t stop there. Watch what the women's U.S. soccer team posted on Twitter after the game.
DuPré is seen below hugging and shaking hands with the players as they board the bus. For what it’s worth, the U.S. women won the exhibition game 3-0.