Britain Honors Fundraising WWII Vet Tom Moore on 100th Birthday

Tom Moore, the British Army veteran who has raised millions for NHS charities amid the coronavirus pandemic by walking lengths of his back garden, is awarded with an honorary promotion from captain to colonel to mark his 100th birthday and a flypast from the Royal Air Force at his home in Bedfordshire, Britain, Thursday, April 30.
READ MORE: Britain Thursday went all out to honor the 100th birthday of a World War II veteran who has become a national hero for his $37 million fundraising effort for the nation’s health service.

A retired engineer and captain in the British Army during World War II, Tom Moore wanted to do something nice for the National Health Service for the treatment he received after breaking his hip.

Earlier this month he started an online campaign, pledging to do 100 laps — using his walker — around his 25-meter yard in exchange for donations. He had hoped to raise about $1,200. Instead, within days, he had raised millions.

Since then his effort made “Captain Tom” a British celebrity, and the nation showed its appreciation Thursday.

The Royal Air Force sent the two World War II-era planes over his home. Congratulatory messages poured in from, among others, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince Charles and England football captain Harry Kane. About 125,000 birthday cards came in from around the world, enough to fill a hall in his grandson’s school. (VOA/Reuters)