LONDON – “I told you I’m old” will be the inscription on the tombstone of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the British veteran who made headlines around the world after raising millions for the UK health service during the coronavirus pandemic. .
Moore, whose funeral took place on Saturday, chose the words before he died on February 100 on February 2, in a hospital in England, after giving positive results for Covid-19.
Queen Elizabeth II, the British Parliament and the White House, who said he had “inspired millions in his life and actions”, all paid tribute to the World War II veteran on the news of his death earlier this month.
Dressed in an elegant blazer and tie and showcasing his World War II medals, Moore struck a chord with locked Brits last year as he walked up and down the garden of his home in Marston Mortetein, a small village about 50 miles north of London. raising money for the National Health Service.
After originally aiming to raise just £ 1,000 ($ 1,400), he will continue to raise almost $ 33 million ($ 46 million).
With naughty wit and steely determination, he lifted the public mood and was hailed as a national hero. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July.
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Moore’s funeral, which he played a significant role in the planning, took place at Bedford Crematorium near his home.
Under British restrictions on Covid-19, only eight members of his close family attended the funeral, his two daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira, four grandchildren and his son-in-law, all with face masks.
Dressed in a union flag, his coffin is carried by soldiers, while a World War II-era Dakota plane makes an honorary flight.
Reflecting his humor, Moore’s epitaph will read, “I told you I was old,” a reference to the famous epitaph by British comedian Spike Milligan: “I told you I was sick.” Moore was a big fan, his family said.
They also supported a global initiative to plant millions of trees so that his legacy can live on.
Raised in the northern county of the United Kingdom Yorkshire, Moore served in India, Burma and Sumatra during the war.
After gaining praise for his gardening exploits, he continued to record pop song number one and authored a book.
“The last year of our father’s life was no less remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he only dreamed of,” his daughters said after his death.
Reuters contributed to this report.