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Captain Sir Tom Moore's Grandson Backs Calls For Statue To Honour War Hero

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Captain Sir Tom Moore's Grandson Backs Calls For Statue To Honour War Hero

The grandson of Captain Sir Tom Moore has backed calls to immortalise the war hero as a statue.

Since the death of the legendary NHS fundraiser earlier this week, there have been many suggestions of how to honour the centenarian.

He was responsible for raising millions of pounds during lockdown by walking his garden in the run-up to his 100th birthday and became a cult hero across the UK.

Many have called for a statue to be erected in his honour and grandson Tom Teixeira is all for the idea.

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Credit: ITV

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Tom told the hosts: "I don't think we were expecting anything like that but it's really nice to think that people would like to do that for our grandfather.

"I can see it happening and it would be very nice to have a memorial like that where we can all go visit and pay our respects to him."

Hundreds of thousands of people have also called for Sir Tom to receive a state funeral.

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In the past, UK state funerals have been reserved for monarchs and only a very elite group of people, like Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Lord Nelson.

However, Moore captured the affection of the nation last year and many believe he is deserving of the highest farewells.

A petition signed by more than 200,000 people on Change.org reads: "The UK government can pass a vote to hold a state funeral, usually held for monarchs or distinguished individuals.

"He fought with honour and bravery in war, and during our darkest hour in modern times he raised £33m for the NHS.

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"Covid-19 has clouded the world, but this man deserves a special send off to bring a candle to his past, present and future."

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Credit: PA

While a state funeral might not be sanctioned, there is the other option of a ceremonial funeral, which is a step down but with very little difference visually.

The last ceremonial funeral to take place in the UK was for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 2013.

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Others who have been provided with a ceremonial funeral include Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, who received the honour at Westminster Abbey in 1997 and 2002, respectively.

But it seems like the statue is the best step forward, if government officials are anything to go by.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told LBC: "Yes, I do think that we should find a way, at the right time, to honour the contribution that he made to the NHS and he was an inspiration to so many people."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: "On the issue of a statue, a public memorial of some kind... I'm absolutely, of course, open to that.

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"We will be working with his family to see what they feel is most appropriate and taking that forward."

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Topics: UK News, News

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