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  1. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    A 89 year-old, D-Day veteran, missing from a care home in Hove, UK, has been found.

    At the WW2, D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France.

    Searchers missed a clue - he was last seen wearing all his medals, and a raincoat.

    'Following a fruitless search, the nursing home received a call from a younger veteran at about 10.30pm to say that he had met the missing pensioner on a coach on the way to France and that they were safe and well in a hotel in Ouistreham, France.'

    We should have known sir.....we should have known.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-reported-missing-from-care-home-9501638.html
     
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    zwiebel New Member

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    I love this man's determination. They truly are 'The Greatest Generation'
     
  4. zwiebel

    zwiebel New Member

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    ZaZara Well-Known Member

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    A tweet too good not to be mentioned:

    That sums it up neatly.

    Once you get to the bus stop with all your palls, no one will leave you behind. Just be there at the right moment, that is all it takes.
    Reminds me of a book called The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared but I like this one better!

    :drumroll:
     
  6. ZaZara

    ZaZara Well-Known Member

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    More to this story:

    A Hero's Welcome:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/.../Heros-welcome-for-runaway-D-Day-veteran.html

    What a guy! (there is more at the link)

     
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    panthera Retired WS Staff

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    God Bless this man and his determination to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day!

    :bow:
     
  8. newone

    newone 2nd mouse gets the cheese

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    Gotta love that guy!! Stories like this make my day. I hope he had a blast and enjoyed the good food and comraderie.
     
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    rosesfromangels Amateur speculations and opinion only

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    Hip hip hooray!
    Cheers to Bernie!
     
  10. ZaZara

    ZaZara Well-Known Member

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    I'd do it again!

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/07/d-day-veteran-france-anniversary-bernard-jordan


    :cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer::cheer:
     
  11. ZaZara

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    Okay, so his birthday is next week, and somebodies on twitter are suggesting that we all send him a birthday card. The adress is no secret, just google The Pines in Hove UK, the place is mentioned in all the MSM. Don't forget the postal code, BN3 1PA, this is important.

    I just sent my card and included mrs Jordan in my best wishes. She seems to have known all about it all along....

    When I live to celebrate my 90th birthday, I hope to slip away to France as well.


    :loveyou: :loveyou:

    Do take a look at the Daily Mail, they have the story in his own words, plus many pictures:

    BBM
     
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    Care Home Escapee Veteran Receives 2,500 Birthday Cards

    http://forces.tv/00019146

     

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    ZaZara Well-Known Member

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    FAREWELL TO THE GREAT ESCAPER

    Daily Mail reports:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...reat-Escaper-Bernard-Jordan-dies-aged-90.html


    A war veteran who broke out of his care home to attend the 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France has died aged 90.

    Bernard Jordan - dubbed the Great Escaper after his cross-Channel adventure last year - died peacefully in hospital.


    His death was announced in a statement by Gracewell Healthcare, which runs The Pines care home in Hove, East Sussex, where Mr Jordan - known as Bernie - lived.


    BBM

    :uk::star: :rose:
     
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    RIP Bernard Jordan.
     
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    Bless him. Rest in peace Bernard Jordan.

    Upthread, ZaZara mentioned how this story was reminiscent of the book, 'The 100-year-old who climbed out the window and disappeared'. I just read it this week. It's a fantastically eccentric, uplifting story. Just like Bernard's.
     
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    'Asked why he travelled across to Normandy, Mr Jordan, said: "My thoughts were with my mates who had been killed.

    "I was going across to pay my respects. I was a bit off course but I got there."

    Mr Jordan, a former mayor of Hove, was honoured "in recognition of eminent past services" to Hove Borough Council in July.

    He was made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove and called "a living legend" by the mayor, Brian Fitch.

    Councillor Fitch said: "I will remember Bernie as a hard-working politician, as a great mayor of the city, and as someone who helped people.'

    Condolences also to Mrs Jordan, who survives her husband.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-30699446
     

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    Love that photo of him!!! at 90 looking so elegant -- wish more were like him ....... RIP Bernie....
     
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    R.I.P Bernard Jordan and thank you for your service.
     
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    Sadly/amazingly - Bernards wife has died - a week after him.

    Brighton and Hove mayor Brian Fitch paid tribute to Mrs Jordan. He said: "They were a very close couple who will both be sadly missed. Irene went into the care home first after Bernie had looked after her at home, so it came as a bit of a shock that he died first. They had been married for more than 50 years and were a devoted couple. After he had gone, she probably gave up the will. They were religious people who are now reunited together."


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ome-D-Day-dies-just-days-beloved-husband.html

    RIP to them both :(
     
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    Oh! How sad, and how beautiful at the same time. May they meet again and rest in peace.


    :rose:
     

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