Much debate over the best rendition of the National Anthem has stirred over the years, but usually the discussion only involves singers. One man who should be in the running didn't sing a note; he played the tune on his harmonica. The story behind his performance is a tear jerker.
Peter Dupre was invited to play his version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Bloch Arena for the two-day basketball showcase. His slow, haunting version of the tune perfectly marked the occasion: the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
Making the performance even more moving is the fact that DuPre is a veteran of World War II. The 97-year-old was a medic who treated wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.
His performance was a real treat for those who were present. You could feel the emotion as he patiently and lovingly wailed out the anthem. The audience burst into applauds when the last somber note faded.
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) December 3, 2016
Source: Fox Sports