After posting a story showing the depravity humans can display, I think it’s only fitting to round out D-Day with an inspiring story about one of the veterans from that day.
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.
Bernard Jordan, 89, left the home in Hove unannounced at 10:30 BST on Thursday and was reported missing to Sussex Police that evening.
Staff later discovered he had joined other veterans in France.
The former Royal Navy officer said he hoped his trip would not land him in trouble.
On Friday evening, it was confirmed Mr Jordan was on an overnight ferry and had been given a cabin, meals and a transfer back to his nursing home.
Prior to embarking, Mr Jordan told ITV News: “I have been here last year and I have been here obviously this time… but if I am still about I shall try next year’s as well.”
Asked if he would be in trouble when he returned home, he added: “I might be, but I hope not.”
Courtesy of the BBC comes this excellent photo of the guy on the ferry:
I love this story more than words can say.
UPDATE: Courtesy of Allahpundit at Hot Air comes this video of President Reagan’s remarks at Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1984:
Above: These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc