Today was the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor that propelled this nation into World War II. In memory of those who lost their lives, there is an annual tournament, the Pearl Harbor Invitational, which is a two-day basketball tournament held at Bloch Arena on the very base that Japanese forces attacked in 1941.
Just before the tip-off of the Seton Hall and California game, Peter DuPre, a 97-year-old World War II veteran, came to play the Star Spangled Banner on his harmonica.
This is what it’s all about right here. I got some of the most legitimate chills I’ve had in my life. It’s like quarter after 11:00 P.M. here in New York and I’m literally lying in bed right now, writing this on my phone because that’s how awesome I think it is and that’s how much I want people to see it.
Take a second, watch this, and appreciate what you have. It’s easy to forget that sometimes, so this video is as good of a reminder as you’ll ever find.
Thank you for your service, Peter DuPre.