WWII vet plays ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at Army vs. Navy game

Pete DuPre is with us at age 96, he has many stories to tell, and he hints at such a life in the way he plays his harmonica.

It was the day before Memorial Day. It was at the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team game. An unassuming older gentleman approached the microphone with a harmonica.

There are people that play the harmonica and there are people that breathe the breath of life into the harmonica. This man started playing and his instrument started singing.

Pete DuPre has had a harmonica in his hand since he was a small boy. Any given moment he could practice, he took it. It shows in the way that he plays with small accents and flourishes in the notes.

More than just a patriot, DuPre is an army veteran, having served in the medical corps in England during World War II. He put in three years across the Atlantic.

On-field medics would send him the wounded that would need full-time care. That needed “put back together,” as he put it. Seems his music can put the hearts of people back together, also.

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