“Daddy, I’m so proud of you”: Britain says goodbye to Captain Tom Moore, WWII veterinarian and pandemic hero
A funeral took place in England on Saturday, a WWII veteran who became the hero of the coronavirus pandemic.
A Royal Air Force flyby, usually reserved for kings, heads of state and war heroes, was held for the 100-year-old, who died earlier this month after testing positive. His coffin was also draped with a Union Jack and was carried by members of the armed forces.
The private service was attended by Moore’s immediate family members and streamed online. When she remembered her father, Lucy Teixeira, Moore’s daughter talked about his boyish charm, sense of humor, and the impact he had left behind.
“Dad, I am so proud of you”, she said, “what you have achieved all your life and especially in the last year. You may be gone, but your message and your spirit live on.”
Moore became something of a war hero in the last year of his life. He captured the hearts of millions around the world in 2020 when he ran 100 laps in his back yard to raise funds for the UK’s National Health Service.
His original goal was to raise £ 1,000 (about $ 1,300), but ended up raising over £ 33 million (over $ 40 million) after videos of his walks went viral, reaching millions during the first wave of the pandemic were at home.
His fundraising drives earned him fame, admiration and a profitin July.
Moore spoke to CBS News foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata last September about a seven-digit film deal he had signed with his daughter to make a movie of his life, despite saying he wasn’t ready for Hollywood just yet Walk of Fame.
“Whatever the outcome, I don’t expect to ever come to America and put my hands in a piece of wet concrete anywhere,” said Moore.
That was one of the few moments that Moore didn’t live to see. In an epilogue to his book, Captain Tom wrote of his inevitable death: “Life will go on, babies will be born and people will eventually forget Captain Tom.”
But Moore added for a while that he would be more remembered for the last few years of his life than the previous ones. He said he just wanted a small white tombstone to mark his existence, in his words: nothing special.
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