Hero of the Week: The Newly-Knighted Captain Sir Thomas Moore

As NPR wrote, Capt. Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised more than $39 million to support NHS charities by walking 100 laps for charity in his garden, is being awarded a knighthood in recognition of how he has inspired people in the U.K. and around the world.

Moore launched the campaign in the weeks leading up to his 100th birthday in late April. Wearing a coat and tie and his military medals, he pushed his walker around the garden, hoping to draw donations. Boris Johnson said that Moore had provided the country with “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus.” As an honorary colonel, his official title will be Captain Sir Thomas Moore under Ministry of Defence protocol.

Captain Sir Thomas Moore’s reaction was nothing short of touching:

“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.” he added.

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