Captain Tom Moore is being given a knighthood!

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2020

Sir Tom set out to walk 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30, and he completed the laps ahead of time. "But I certainly was never anticipating that that letter would arrive for me".

It will be published on September 17, and will tell of his time on the battlefields of Burma in the Second World War. A British army veteran who started walking laps in his garden as part of a humble fundraiser for the National Health Service is celebrating his 100th birthday after warming the hearts of a nation that donated millions of pounds to back his appeal. I've always said this won't happen and it appears it actually has.

On his 100th birthday, Captain Tom was given the rare honour of receiving an RAF flypast as well as getting birthday messages from the Queen and prime minister.

"Colonel Tom's fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus", Johnson said on Tuesday announcing the knighthood.

"I'd like to thank Her Majesty The Queen, the prime minister and the Great British public".

Congratulations to Tom, who's set to become Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol once all his official titles are properly in place.

It's not known when Captain Tom will receive his latest honour, with the pandemic meaning face-to-face interactions are not now possible.

Captain Tom Moore

He turned 100 at the end of April, shortly after becoming the oldest artist to claim a UK No 1 single after collaborating with Michael Ball and the choir NHS Voices of Care on a cover of You'll Never Walk Alone.

He recommended that Sir Tom be exceptionally honoured by the Queen, who has approved the honour, Downing Street said.

He said he hoped the Queen will not be "heavy handed with the sword", in reference to a recipient being tapped on each shoulder with a ceremonial blade when they are knighted.

Labour Party chief Sir Keir Starmer additionally gave reward to the centennial, including that he "brought inspiration to millions and helped all of us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our NHS".

"We must take this opportunity to recognise our frontline heroes of the National Health Service who put their lives at risk everyday to keep us safe".

The Ambassador to the U.K., Woody Johnson, said that Captain Tom would receive a "hero's welcome" if he came to the U.S.

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