We’ve spoken about him a time, or two, before. Captain Tom Moore is the World War II Veteran, who had been walking laps in his garden to raise money for the British National Health Service and had surprised and inspired millions by raising millions. In total he raised more than £32 million (that’s over $54 million Canadian) and has been a bright light of hope in a dark time.
This great success and the public attention that came with it led to a rather grand celebration of his 100th birthday at the end of last month. But now there has been another development that has left many pleasantly stunned. Captain Tom has been given the official letter to inform him he will be knighted.
The Captain couldn’t believe it: “I am certainly delighted and overawed by the fact this has happened to me,” he said. “I thought this can’t be true, I’ve always said this won’t happen and it appears it actually has. I certainly never anticipated that this letter would arrive for me.”
It appears the honour will come due to a special nomination by the U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, who said the veteran had provided the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”. Though it’s possible the petition with over 1,000,000 signatures also had something to do with it.
Captain Tom is not done with his good deeds either, he has set up a loneliness foundation, out of concern for the many people “who are feeling so very much on their own” at the moment. But that’s a story for another time.
Whether you call him Captain Tom, Colonel Tom, or Sir Tom; you can certainly call him a good man.
Source: BBC News.