WWII plane flypast marks Capt. Tom Moore's funeral

Joanna Estrada
Февраля 27, 2021

Captain Sir Tom Moore's private funeral later today will be "quite spectacular", his daughter said.

The service ended with the regiment's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Tim Exton, reading the Kohima Epitaph before a bugler played the Last Post.

In line with current coronavirus restrictions, the funeral was attended by his immediate family - two daughters, Lucy Teixeira and Hannah Ingram-Moore, four grandchildren and his sons-in-laws.

It opened with the charity single Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, You'll Never Walk Alone, which reached number one in the United Kingdom singles charts in April a year ago.

Sir Tom, who raised more than £32 million for the NHS with a sponsored walk of his garden in the first lockdown, served with the Duke of Wellington's Regiment during the Second World War.

"Daddy, I am so proud of you", Teixeira said, "What you achieved your whole life and especially in the past year".

A section was released, in which he said he would "like to watch my own funeral from a distance" and laugh at "everyone making a lot of fuss over me". "They, too, saw your belief in kindness and the fundamental goodness of the human spirit".

Soldiers performed ceremonial duties at the service for the 100-year-old Moore, whose charity walk inspired the nation and raised nearly 33 million pounds ($46 million.) Captain Tom, as he became known, died February 2 in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

His funeral cortege set off from his home in Marston Moretaine at 11.30am on Saturday.

As well as Buble's version of Smile, the charity single Sir Tom recorded with Michael Ball, You'll Never Walk Alone, will also be played during the service, along with The White Cliffs Of Dover by Dame Vera Lynn and I Vow To Thee My Country by Alife Boe.

"As per the family's wishes, the public are reminded to continue to support the NHS by staying at home".

"Few will have heard of Sir Tom before this crisis but his contribution and example now lives on in us all".

"It said: "'Someone will have to make extra cake and sandwiches, and it won't be me'. "Truly a life well lived and an inspiration to us all - shining a light in very dark days", wrote Debbie Mather. "Please join us as we raise a cup to him".

Captain Sir Tom Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in a unique Windsor Castle ceremony.

Known affectionately as Captain Tom, Moore raised nearly £33 million ($45 million) by walking laps of his garden past year.

Six soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, the successor to the one Moore served in during World War II, carried his coffin, draped with the Union Jack and his military cap and sword as 14 soldiers gave a firing salute.

Six representatives from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate, which he had been made an honorary Colonel previous year, will then form a ceremonial guard.

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