96-Year-Old Veteran Sings The National Anthem At Baseball Game

96-Year-Old Veteran Sings The National Anthem At Baseball Game

Watch this 96-year-old veteran sing the national anthem at a minor league baseball game and the crowd go wild for his performance.

“O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?”

The World War II veteran singing in this video is John Pylman. And he gave a great performance, belting out the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner," at a home baseball game for the West Michigan Whitecaps in Comstock, Michigan.

He is strongly singing out the notes during his performance, and it is clear to see the great love that he has for his country. At the end of the song, the crowd gives him a big cheer as he signs off with a salute. God bless this man!

It was 1943, a year after John had graduated high school, when he enrolled in the United States Air Force. He served as a navigator for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress plane as part of the Eighth Air Force in England.

When John was asked what inspired him to sing the national anthem at the baseball game, this is what he had to say. “To me, it means the United States of America, worth fighting for. God’s blessed us with this wonderful country, let’s take care of it. It’s worth fighting for.”

Once John found out that the video of him singing had gone viral online, with over 3.7 million shares on Facebook, he was astounded!

“I can’t believe it,” he shared. “That’s my attitude right now — I just can’t believe it. I was amazed at the crowd’s reaction, and I thought, okay, this is a good thing to have done.”

God bless our veterans for all that they have done fighting for our country!

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