Bedford. Great Britain bids farewell to its epidemic: Registered fundraiser Tom Moore (“Captain Tom”) is due to be buried with military honors this Saturday. The 100-year-old World War II veteran died of a corona virus infection on February 2 at a hospital in Bedford, England.
According to his daughter, the funeral should be “very spectacular.” The time and place were initially kept secret at the request of his family. Six soldiers had to carry the coffin to the crematorium. For this purpose, gun salutes must be fired, and a horned soldier will read the so-called “last post” military signal. Due to measures taken to control the infection, only eight family members will attend.
Tom Moore’s Daughter: “My Father Wants Funeral”
“My sister and I planned the funeral my father wanted,” said Moore’s daughter, Lucy Dixira, according to the UK News Agency. He made it very clear how his father imagined his funeral. But she could not fulfill a wish: “If it had been placed in a cardboard box instead of being cut down, it would have done it,” says Dexira. But it is planned that several trees will be planted in his memory, he said. He also asked that Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way” be played at the funeral. In the online mourning book, people can express their sympathy with photos and texts.
There will also be an extra plane on a military plane from World War II. On the eve of his 100th birthday last April, Spitfire fighters demolished Moore’s house in Marston Mortine, east England, near Bedford.
Moore set a world record with donations in epidemics
Moore raised more than 32 million donations for the British health service NHS, which was under severe pressure from epidemics, setting a Guinness World Record. He walked 100 laps through his backyard with his roller. Almost overnight he became a national athlete. Queen Elizabeth II (94) made him a knight.
His successful progress did not want to end. “Captain Tom”, who was promoted to Colonel due to his honor, topped the UK charts with his own version of the football anthem “You Will Never Walk Alone”. He recorded the song with British singer and actor Michael Paul and an NHS singer. He later published an autobiography, “Tomorrow Will Have a Good Day” – and the book became a bestseller.
Moore’s remains are said to have been buried in a family cemetery in the northeastern English district of Yorkshire.