Captain Tom Moore has been promoted to Honorary Colonel by the Queen to mark his 100th birthday today after & # 39; t the Veteran of & # 39; World War II the hearts of & # 39; conquered the nation by raising £ 29 million for the NHS by doing rounds of its garden.
The promotion comes in addition to a personal letter from Her Majesty and the new colonel is also re-presented with his World War II Defense Medal ahead of the VE Day celebrations of new week.
And, along with the usual cake and champagne, there will be two flypasts today to mark his big day – by Army Air Corps helicopters such as a Spitfire and Hurricane in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
While requests around the world sent cards into their thousands, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace paid tribute to Colonel Tom, saying he not only exemplifies the "spirit of our incredible veteran community," but also the resolution of this nation.
General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, chief of the & # 39; General Staff, made the appointment, making & # 39; t the veteran the first honorary colonel of & # 39; an Army Foundation College, Harrogate, which trains 16 and 17-year-old soldiers.
He will be an & # 39; inspirational role model for generations young and old, & # 39; said Sir Mark.
The veteran, who completed a sponsored walk of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire to raise millions for the NHS through JustGiving, was informed of the promotion in a letter presented by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller, of the 1st Battalion , the Yorkshire Regiment, which also awarded him the prestigious annual Regimental Medal.
As well as congratulations to Prince Charles and Camilla, who said he "makes them proud to be British", the veteran also named a train after him – Captain Tom Moore – you & # 39; t will go into service today with the new name, Great Western Railway said.
To celebrate his birthday, Virgin Radio presenter Chris Evans also sent Colonel Tom an Olympic torch in London in 2012 – believed to be the only one in existence that can't yet be enlightened – that the happy veteran tried out to blow.
Captain Tom Moore, a former British army officer, has been promoted to the rank of colonel on his 100th birthday by the Queen, after raising £ 29 million for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic
Newly appointed Colonel Tom holds his Yorkshire Regiment Medal alongside Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller at his Bedfordshire home
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller presented the beloved war veteran with the medal – though they maintained social distance – and Colonel Tom received gifts & a cake to mark his hundredth birthday
Benjie Ingram-Moore, 16, presents his grandfather Captain Tom Moore with a photo of the Great Hall of Bedford School, Bedfordshire, filled with cards for his 100th birthday
Colonel Tom, who runs a family home in Bedfordshire, thanked the public yesterday, and added: "It is very extraordinary that I turn 100. It is even more extraordinary that I do so with these many wishes … Tomorrow will be a good day. & # 39;
Earlier, his family said he was & # 39; completely overwhelmed & # 39; is left after he received hundreds of thousands of cards from around the world for his 100th birthday.
Colonel Tom had proposed at the beginning of this month to raise £ 1,000 for NHS Communities – but a rise in support saw him smash his goal.
After passing its first goal in less than 24 hours, donations remained to be raised and the total went to more than £ 29million.
He was overcome with support and praise for his incredible effort, with people all over the world sending him birthday cards.
It's unclear exactly how many cards he sent, although the number was passed 120,000 a few days ago, with the cards stored at Bedford School at his home, with grandson Benjie that helped them to display them.
Speaking yesterday, he said, & # 39; I am very comfortable and have everything I need. Covid-19 has left so much to no avail, so please donate to those in need. Thank you. & # 39;
A spokeswoman for & # 39; s family revealed that the veteran & # 39; completely overwhelmed & # 39; s left by the response to his fundraising.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller, Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment greets former British Army officer Captain Tom Moore, named the first honorary colonel of Army Foundation College in Harrogate
Colonel Tom Moore celebrates his 100th birthday by carrying the 2012 Olympic Torch in order to complete a round of his garden
The Yorkshire Regiment Medal presented to former British Army officer Captain Tom Moore, named the first Honorary Colonel of & # 39; Army Foundation College in Harrogate
Newly appointed Colonel Tom Moore gives a thumbs up as he celebrates his birthday and is named the first Honorary Colonel of Army Foundation College in Harrogate
The 2012 Olympic Torch – sent to him by Virgin Radio presenter Chris Evans – is believed to be the only one in existence that can still be relieved
Mandy Alison adds to the thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday, with the cards displayed in the Hall of Bedford School, where his grandson Benjie, 16, attend
Benjie Ingram-Moore presents his grandfather Captain Tom Moore with a photo of the Great Hall of Bedford School, Bedfordshire, filled with thousands of cards for his 100th birthday
A statement said: & # 39; Captain Tom is completely overwhelmed by the love he & # 39; s got. Like many other people during this pandemic, he is unable to spend his birthday with all his loved ones.
& # 39; Instead, Tom stays home with his daughter Hannah and her family, with whom he has isolated himself.
& # 39; They will all celebrate in private and will join his daughter Lucy and her family, despite the use of technology.
Captain Tom Moore at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, after reaching his goal of 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS
& # 39; Captain Tom will not leave his home at all and asks all locals, and those who do not follow his story, to stay home and wish him far and away congratulations. & # 39;
The fundraising effort of World War II led to an outpouring of support from all over the world.
Like walking, he also recorded a version of You Never Walk Alone with singer Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, who didn't see even more money raised for charity.
Like cards that flood all over the world, Colonel will receive a Spitfire flypast to mark his 100th birthday.
RAF pilots based in Coningsby in Lincolnshire are expected to push past the veteran's house for the incredible view including Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters.
A MOD spokeswoman said: & # 39; Weather permitting, & # 39; e RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will complete a flypast to celebrate Captain Tom's birthday and highlight his amazing performance ability.
& # 39; The Great British public is encouraged to follow Captain Tom's disciplined example and not to collect the flypast, but continue to follow PHE guidelines on social distance. & # 39;
The flypast is one of several ways that Colonel Tom & # 39; s birthday will be marked by supporters across the nation.
He will receive a personalized telegram from the Queen to deal with the thousands of cards he has been sent, while the Royal Mail has issued a special postmark to mark the occasion.
The cards are held at Bedford School, attended by his 16-year-old grandson, Benjie Ingram-Moore.
Benjie said, & # 39; It means a lot to grandma & us as a family. We are very proud of how the nation's grandmother has taken to her heart. Words cannot express how much I idolize him. & # 39;
Dozens of artists, voiceover artists and photographers from across the UK also came together to make a film to celebrate the occasion.
Colonel Tom is portrayed in dozens of works of art in a moving film, which is soundtracked by a heartwarming poem specifically penned for its centenary.
Mandy Alison adds to the thousands of birthday cards sent to Captain, now Colonel, Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on April 30. They are depicted in the hall of Bedford School
The thousands of cards pictured at Bedford School, near Colonel Tom's home to mark his 100th birthday Thursday
Colonel Tom & # 39; s oldest daughter Lucy Teixeira said he had at least thousands of gifts & # 39; everything from chocolate to flowers & # 39;
Colonel Tom received over 120,000 birthday cards that wish him well and thank him for his incredible fundraising feat. His grandson Benjie is in the Great Hall of Bedford School surrounded by the cards
Pilots from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, have taken over from enthusiasts at Biggin Hill Restoration Hangar in Kent (pictured) for the flypast over the home of Colonel Tom in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire
Benjie Ingram-Moore said, & # 39; It means a lot to grandpa and us as a family. We are very proud of how the nation has taken grandfather to his heart. Words cannot express how much I idolize him. & # 39;
War hero and newly appointed Colonel Tom is pictured with his two daughters Lucy and Hannah in a post on his Twitter account
A total of 140 volunteers, including students, parents, teachers and alumni, helped organize the trucks of cards provided to wish Colonel Tom a happy 100th birthday.
His oldest daughter Lucy Teixeira said he had at least thousands of gifts & # 39; from everything from chocolate & flowers & # 39 ;.
From Yorkshire to India: Colonel Tom Moore & # 39; s career in the Army
Captain Tom Moore was enlisted in the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, in addition to all men from 20 to 35 years.
He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he participated in the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington's Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.
The regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall, where they were tasked with coastal defense in the midst of a predicted German invasion.
A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit at Droitwich Spa.
Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after leaving as a second lieutenant.
In August 1941 he was sent to DWR headquarters in Halifax, where he participated in the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.
The infantry battalion then converted into an armored regiment 146th Royal Armored Corp, though the majority of soldiers couldn't drive.
In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, India. The trip lasted six weeks at sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.
Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.
The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.
Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycle training course for the Brigade because of his expertise in the sport.
The Brigade was then instructed to move to Calcutta – the road trip was in a monsoon and took three weeks.
His battalion was stationed in Lohardaga district near Ranchi.
They then took part in two exercises in Arakan before moving east and south to Rangoon.
Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved car depot in Bovington, England.
He remained here as an instructor until it was closed.
Speaking to the Sunday People, Lucy said: & # 39; He is absolutely blown away and damned by the support. & # 39;
She added that she will be singing at BBC Breakfast with her father today, saying, & # 39; And he will have cake – he loves cake. & # 39;
Producers at BBC Breakfast worked alongside Buckingham Palace to organize the celebrations to mark the great day of & # 39; s war hero.
Tom – who currently holds the UK No1 single – will have the hot program dedicated to his life and achievements.
A TV insider told The Sun that the team at Breakfast was working with the palace to organize the telegram at & # 39; time for the broadcast of & # 39; tomorrow, that they hope will come with a special message from Her Majesty.
The source said, & # 39; It's going to be a really emotional day and they want to make it as memorable for Tom as possible thanks for all he has done.
& # 39; They also put up a lot of surprises for him. What Tom has achieved is the most incredible feat and the whole show will be dedicated to Tom and his special day. & # 39;
Richard Frediani, editor of BBC Breakfast, said plans are yet to be confirmed, but added: & # 39; After & # 39; t followed the incredible story of Captain Tom from the beginning, the most-watched morning show of & # 39; t The United Kingdom can make sure the nation can come together safely to celebrate Captain Tom's 100th birthday on Thursday morning at BBC Breakfast. & # 39;
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were among the voices that Cpt Moore praised for his incredible money laundering, with Prince William accusing the veteran of World War II of being a & # 39; one-man fundraising machine & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; He has been for a long time, he knows everything and it is wonderful that everyone is inspired by his story & determination. & # 39;
Colonel Tom became the oldest person who had a No.1 single after his duet with Michael Ball reached the top of the UK charts.
The record was previously held by Tom Jones, who reached No.1 with (Barry) Islands In The Stream aged 68 in 2006, 32 years younger than Tom is now, 99 years old.
Colonel Tom, who won & # 39; the hearts of & # 39; nation with his Fundraising bid of & # 39; e National Health Service, will still hold the top spot as he celebrates his 100th birthday.
His and Michael & # 39; s hit version of the Liverpool Football Club anthem You Never Never Walk Alone has also become the fastest selling single of 2020.
Their leadership appeared to be threatened by The Weeknd, Drake and Dua Lipa, however The Weeknd supported the veteran in a tweet.
Real name Abel Tesfaye, he tweeted his support of Colonel Tom's chart bid to his 11.8 million followers, and wish him a happy birthday.
The Royal Mail began stamping all letters with a special postmark to celebrate & # 39; fundraising hero & # 39; Colonel Tom yesterday
A total of 140 volunteers, including students, parents, teachers and alumni, helped organize the trucks of cards provided to wish Colonel Tom a happy 100th birthday
Volunteer Mandy Alison poses with a selection of more than 125,000 birthday cards sent to Colonel Tom Moore, for his 100th birthday on April 30, but displayed in the Great Hall of Bedford School
Except as the floor of Great Hall ribbon, cards hang from the ceiling and sit on the stage as staff crawls for every bit of space to set off the influx of letters that Colonel Tom Moore has a happy 100th birthday wish
By Sunday, Colonel Moore had received about 1,000 gifts and more than 100,000 cards, which are being held at Bedford School, he has now requested requests to send gifts to people who suffer during the coronavirus pandemic
The former British Army officer took to Twitter on Friday to express his gratitude to the Starboy hitmaker, 30, for supporting his song.
The singer highlighted in his message, Colonel Tom, who was also awarded a Pride Of Britain Award, said: "My goodness, how gracious of you @ theweeknd Benji tells me you are rather talented and very popular inside! What a kind of gesture. Thank you! & # 39;
Speaking from his home in Bedfordshire, where he lives with daughter Hannah and her family, Captain Tom said: "To receive some wonderful news today, a No.1 single and a record breaker – my grandchildren can't believe I'm a card -topper!
& # 39; I have to thank Michael Ball, the NHS Voices of Care Choir and everyone behind the scenes, who shared their talents and expertise to raise money for the NHS, to whom we owe so much debt .
& # 39; And, of course, the public for buying & # 39; e single and donation – we're together here, and I'm forever grateful for your support. And this just proves & # 39; & # 39; You'll never run alone & # 39; & # 39 ;. & # 39;
All proceeds from the single will be donated to Captain Tom Moore & # 39; s 100th Birthday Walk in support of NHS Charities Together, which supports the NHS staff and volunteers who donate to COVID -19 patients.
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