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Thread: 89 year old British WWII veteran reported missing by nursing home found at D-Day celebrations in France

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    89 year old British WWII veteran reported missing by nursing home found at D-Day celebrations in France

    The 89-year old was reported missing from his Hove care home but actually sneaked onboard a coach for a final reunion with his D-Day comrades across the Channel.
    An 89-year-old Second World War veteran told he could not attend today’s D-Day events in France went AWOL from his care home and was found 12 hours later in Normandy with comrades police have confirmed. The unnamed veteran decided to disregard his carers’ orders, put on his medals under his raincoat and set off to join events on the beaches of Northern France for the 70th anniversary of the landings.

    After the alarm was raised at the care home in Hove, Sussex, police searched the area and checked hospitals and bus and taxi companies.

    But the extent of the veteran’s resolve became clear on Thursday evening when police were informed by another veteran that the missing man had joined a coach party and made his way to Ouistreham.

    Pensioner who hid medals and absconded from care home found at D-Day celebrations in France - Telegraph
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    That is awesome. They should give him another medal.
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    At the very least he should be Knighted.
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    That is great!




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    I think it's ironic and sad that most older folks wind up getting treated like children. This guy made up his mind and did what he wanted, and he earned that right. It's still his life, and he's still alive to live it. To be told "no, you're not allowed to go, you have no say in the matter, now sit here like a good boy" is insulting, demeaning, and infuriating. If the person in question is no longer capable of rational thought, that's one thing. This gentleman obviously is still running on all cylinders to have accomplished what he did.
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    Game old boy.

    lots of coverage about him here.

    Media made the home out to be the bad guys, they weren't. He just couldn't get on the organised trip as he was too late asking to go. He just up and went leaving the care home no choice but to report him missing. They knew where he may have gone but you can't take the chance when your responsible.
    Who'd have thought, the media exagerating or twisting the truth!
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    It was his 90th birthday today.
    He received 2,500 cards!

    BBC News - Disappearing D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan turns 90
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