Britain’s beacon on hope in a very dark year, Captain Sir Tom Moore had died at age 100, secumbing to COVID-19.
The British WWII veteran was knighted by the Queen in 2020 after raising more than £30million ($54million) for British National Health Service charities during the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK.
Suffering with pneumonia over recent weeks, he died at a hospital near his home in Bedfordshire yesterday after testing positive to COVID-19 last week.
Tributes and condolences poured in as the sad news swept around the country and the world.
A message on the Royal Family Twitter account said The Queen was sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore, and that Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word.
“In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom – and, in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis, he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit.
“It is quite astonishing that at the age of 100 he raised more than £32 million for the NHS, and so gave countless others their own chance to thank the extraordinary men and women who have protected us through the pandemic.
“He became not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world.
“Our thoughts are with his daughter Hannah and all his family. ”
The Union Jack was lowered to half mast on Number 10 Downing Street as a mark of respect for Sir Tom.
Even The White House Twitter account chimed in – saying Captain Sir Tom Moore was an inspiration to so many. His legacy will live on and continue to inspire the next generation of serving personnel. We join the United Kingdom and the world in honoring the memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who inspired millions through his life and his actions.
See CONTACT’s coverage of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s journey to stardom, here.