Bernard Jordan had to sneak out of The Pines nursing home in Hove, England, after being refused permission to leave for Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied landing in France. Mr. Jordan was nevertheless able to join his former comrades and together they arrived safely in France.
Following the celebrations, former Royal Navy officer has now returned safely to his care home, only to declare “I would do it again tomorrow”. Mr. Jordan went on to explain his action:
Being a veteran myself this was important to me and it meant the world to be there. I met some great characters — from old veterans to dancing girls — and I loved every minute.
It was such an exciting experience — it was a smashing event but it is marvelous to be back. I will have to face the music at the care home now but that is just one of those things in life.
You have good and bad things — you just get on with it and do your best.
Great advice and an amazing story! (Scroll down for a video of President Obama honoring D-Day veterans in Normandy.)
1. D-Day veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, returned to Britain on a ferry after sneaking onto a coach to Normandy, declaring: ‘I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it’.
2. Bernard Jordan waves on deck with Captain Olivier Macoin (left) and ship duty manager Jim Crilley.
3. ‘I just wanted to go over and join in with the commemorations,’ he said. ‘Being a veteran myself this was important to me and it meant the world. I met some great characters from old veterans to dancing girls’.
4. Staff on the 6.45am arrival from Caen said they were honored to have him.
5. Staff on board the ferry said Mr. Jordan had been a hit with the ladies — and it emerged his wife Irene, who lives in the same care home, knew all about his mini adventure before he set off.
6. Mr. Jordan was driven away by Brittany Ferries staff, who offered him free travel in future.
7. Bernard Jordan with Captain Olivier Macoin as they arrived in Portsmouth.
8. Bernard Jordan waves, escorted by a care home worker in Portsmouth Harbor.
9. Mr. Jordan had bacon, sausages, fried eggs, orange juice and coffee for breakfast on board.
10. Bernard Jordan, 89, the former mayor of Hove, has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark D-Day’s 70th anniversary.
11. Bernard Jordan has been found in Normandy after travelling to France to mark the anniversary of D-Day.
12. Mr. Jordan (center) pictured onboard a ferry to France with a cabin crew and members of the Candy Girls entertainment troupe. Staff described him as a ‘charmer’ and said he had been a hit with the ladies.
13. Mr. Jordan spoke with television crews at Caen ferry terminal in France as he made his way home.
14. The veteran told journalists he ‘hoped he wouldn’t be in trouble’ after he disappeared.
15. Mr. Jordan, who turns 90 next week, was the Conservative mayor of Hove in 1995-1996, during a colorful 34-year career as a leading councilor. Burly Parachute Regiment troops described him as ‘our new best mate’.
Source: The Daily Mail.
And here is President Obama honoring D-Day veterans in Normandy:
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