UK: Soldiers attend honorary funeral ceremony for NHS fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore

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Published on 27 Feb 2021, 19:06
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Soldiers from Captain Tom Moore's regiment attended an honorary funeral ceremony on Saturday at Norse Road crematorium and cemetery, Bedfordshire, as they paid tribute to the recently deceased veteran who became famous after raising millions for the NHS.

A hearse followed by a funeral procession was seen driving inside the crematorium, while Moore's admirers applauded from the side of the road.

"What a glorious day with the weather. Thankfully, the sun has shone in memory of Captain Tom," a passer-by said outside the cemetery. "We were walking past my sons, we saw the flag which was an amazing tribute to him," she added, referring to the Union Jack flag, which draped Moore's coffin.

A guard of honour was held outside the crematorium before a C-47 Dakota military aircraft, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, performed a flypast at the funeral procession.

Moore's ashes are expected to be taken to Yorkshire when the coronavirus restrictions allow, joining the Moore family plot.

Captain Tom Moore, 100 years old, died at Bedford Hospital in Bedfordshire on February 2 after contracting COVID-19.

The World War II veteran became a household name in Britain after raising more than €37 mil ($45 mil) in donations for the NHS by making 100 laps of his 25-metre (27 yards) garden.
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