It’s a huge honor to be invited to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, but the opportunity might be even more meaningful when you come from a military family.
When Pink sang the anthem before Sunday’s game, it was an undoubtedly a special moment between the pop star and her brother, Lt. Col. Jason Moore.
Leading up to the big game, Pink’s brother was excited to watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots. He went so far as to sing the Eagles fight song on his flight to the game. The siblings’ hometown is in Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia.
And when it was time for his sister to take the field and sing the national anthem, this happened:
Pink’s husband, Carey Hart, posted the photo to his Instagram with the simple caption: “My brother in law Lieutenant Colonel Jason Moore, during the national anthem that his sister is singing, at the super bowl. #America.” The powerful image was liked more than 100,000 times in a matter of hours.
Listen to Pink’s stirring performance—given while she was battling the flu—for yourself:
According to the singer, the chance to sing the anthem on this stage is something she’d been dreaming of for a long time.
“I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come,” she wrote on Instagram. And the moment was made even better considering her family was there to hear her and support her. “I will tell you, this is one of the biggest honors of my life, singing this song in front of my family, my military family, my dad and brother and step mama and family and the world.”
Fans of the singer and now, her brother, said they couldn’t imagine how proud their parents must be. They took to Twitter to congratulate the family.
— Nikki P (@nikkip1988) February 5, 2018
Another fan gave her props for nailing the anthem while feeling under the weather.
— (((Rachel Kaplan))) (@RachelMiniK) February 4, 2018
After her performance, the singer got to watch the game and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show with her family.
And to wrap up what was surely an incredible evening, Pink got to watch the Eagles take home the victory, with her brother by her side.
Super Bowl LII was an all-around win for Pink and her family!