Local WWII veteran, Pete DuPre, among those at ceremonies in France marking the end of WWI

Nov 11, 2018

Pete DuPre (sitting, 2nd from the right)
Credit John Riedy Photography

A Fairport man got a shout-out from President Trump during ceremonies held in France on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

Pete DuPre, the 94 year old veteran of WWII who often plays his harmonica at major military memorials as well as other events, went to France this past week as part of a trip with The Greatest Generations Foundation.

During the president’s remarks, he mentioned the names of several veterans in attendance, including DuPre who was a medic in WWII. (you can watch President Trump's remarks below  and he mentions Pete DuPre at about 9 and a half minutes into the video).

Several Vietnam Veterans were also at the ceremonies.

The remarks came at a ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery in Paris, which contains the remains of of 1,541 Americans who died in World War I, as well as two dozen unknown war dead from WWII.

Here's video from CSPAN of the event: (with President Trump mentioning Pete DuPre at about 9:30 into the video: