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World War II vet, 96, delivers mesmerizing rendition of national anthem — and in a way you probably wouldn't expect


After he was done, the stadium erupted in cheers

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On this year's Memorial Day, it seems a lot of folks are talking about Pete DuPré — a 96-year-old Army veteran who served in World War II — and the mesmerizing rendition of the national anthem he turned in Sunday before a soccer game between the U.S. Women's National Team and Mexico.

But DuPré didn't sing a note. He just let his harmonica do all the talking.

And the hyped-up crowd at Red Bull Arena near Newark, New Jersey, simply fell silent once "Harmonica Pete" started playing, ABC News said.

And when he finished, the fans erupted in cheers, the network reported.

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Turns out DuPré is well known to the U.S. team's players, ABC News said.

See, the squad visited Normandy, France, with DuPré and three other World War II veterans in January, the network said.

And the U.S. Women's National Team — which bested Mexico 3-0 on Sunday — will return to France this week to defend its World Cup title, ABC News added.

96-year-old WWII vet performs at US soccer matchyoutu.be

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