Published: Sun, February 28, 2021
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Final journey for Captain Sir Tom Moore as funeral service starts

Final journey for Captain Sir Tom Moore as funeral service starts

LONDON (AP) - A World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore to honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard.

His coffin, draped in a Union flag, was carried to the crematorium by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment, while a second world war Dakota performed a fly past. They tweeted: In honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, weather permitting, an RAF C-47 Dakota will perform a flypast over his funeral today.

The coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore is carried by members of the Armed Forces during his funeral, at Bedford Crematorium, in Bedford, England, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.

His daughter Lucy Teixeira, 52, said the service will be "quite spectacular", adding: "There's just going to be the eight of us under full Covid restrictions, we will honour him the best way we possibly can".

"Daddy, you always told us, 'Best foot forward, ' and true to your word, that's what you did a year ago", Moore's daughter, Lucy Teixeira, said at the service.

"You always told us to put your best foot forward and that's what you did previous year", she said.

His daughter Lucy Teixeira then paid tribute to Sir Tom, followed by speeches from Captain Tom's grandchildren and daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore.

"Daddy, I am so proud of you, what you achieved your whole life and especially in the past year", she added through tears.

The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore
The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore

The veteran's other daughter Hannah, who managed his social media accounts and announced his death earlier this month, said the world had become "enthralled" by her father's spirit of hope, positivity and resilience.

The family has urged well-wishers to stay at home as the country remains in lockdown.

British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore raised over £32 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July in a socially distanced ceremony at Windsor Castle, west of London.

His 100th birthday celebrations previous year included a Spitfire flypast and he was photographed punching the air as it went past.

At the end of the service, Alex Browne, from the Yorkshire Regiment, played the Last Post.

After the committal, the strains of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" filled the chapel - the song picked by Captain Sir Tom, who also chose as his characteristically humorous epitaph "I told you I was old", in reference to the comedian Spike Milligan's "I told you I was ill".

Captain Sir Tom was originally from Keighley near Bradford, and his family said that once Covid-19 restrictions allow, his ashes will be interred in Yorkshire, where he will rest with his parents and grandparents in the Moore family plot.

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