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Hooray!! Britain’s World War II Veteran Captain Tom Moore Is 100

Live television footage showed the veteran in his garden, smartly dressed in a jacket and tie with his medals on his chest, waving as they went past.

Britain organized a flypast and 140,000 people have so far sent birthday cards to mark the 100th birthday of a World War II veteran Tom Moore, whose fundraising efforts have inspired the nation following the coronavirus outbreak.

After served Britain in the last century, “Captain Tom Moore” has thrust himself into the thick of its latest battle by doing laps of his garden to raise funds for health service charities in the country.

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Currently, Captain Tom had raised far above £30 million ($37 million) to help support staff and volunteers working on the coronavirus effort in the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

Captain Tom Moore’s efforts and humility have brought him some iconic recognitions, with a high-speed train named after him and all letters sent in the British postal service this week carrying a birthday message, while a host of other supporters have called on the Queen of England to give him a Knighthood title.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, and England football captain Harry Kane participated in sending congratulation messages to Moore’s 100th birthday.

Cards are also flying in from around the world. They’ve filled the vast hall of his grandson Benjie’s school, and thousands of children have sent him their drawings.

“Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation. You’ve created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS who are doing a most astounding job,” said Johnson, who just recovered from COVID-19, in a video message.

In further appreciation, on Thursday morning, Royal Air Force pilots flew a Spitfire and a Hurricane, usually deployed for World War II commemorative events, over Moore’s home in Bedfordshire, north of London.

Live television footage showed the veteran in his garden, smartly dressed in a jacket and tie with his medals on his chest, waving as they went past.

“I remember when they were flying not with peace, but with anger,” he told the BBC.

Separately, the army announced it was making Moore an honorary colonel, an appointment approved by Queen Elizabeth II, calling him an “inspirational role model to generations young and old”.

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“I never, ever anticipated ever in my life anything like this,” Moore said of the support, thanking everyone who sent him messages.

He offered his own congratulations for Johnson’s new baby boy, who was born on Wednesday, saying: “Well done, prime minister!”

Captain Tom Moore said he was “very moved by” being made an honorary colonel, adding: “I’m still Captain Tom, that’s who I really am. But if people choose to call me ‘colonel’, well, thank you very much.”

ViaAFP
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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