Despite a report to the contrary, no, members of the US women’s national soccer team did not turn their backs on a WWII veteran. during his performance of the national anthem.
On Monday, a conservative Montreal-based publication, The Post Millenial, claimed that team members were facing off against 98-year-old World War II veteran Pete DuPre as the veteran played the national anthem on his harmonica. calling it “shameful behavior”, before the start of the team’s friendly match on July 5 against Mexico. The United States won 4-0.
The team responded quickly to the claim, stating that many turned to the flag at the other end of the stadium. Some members remained staring straight ahead, looking in the same direction as DuPre.
Is not true. No one turned their back on WWII veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem. Some USWNT players simply looked at the flag on a pole at one end of the stadium. All the players love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed him a ball.
– US Soccer Communications (@Ussoccer_comms) July 6, 2021
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Star forward Carli Lloyd also chimed in, noting that they turned because they faced the flag, not far from her or DuPre.
Following the conclusion of the game, the team met with DuPre to collectively sign a soccer ball for him. The US Soccer Comms also noted in a separate tweet that “no one turned their back on WWII veteran Pete DuPré during tonight’s anthem.”
“Some USWNT players just looked at the flag on a pole at one end of the stadium. All the players love Pete, thanked him individually after the game and signed him a ball,” the tweet read.