Captain Sir Tom Moore Honoured With World War Two Plane Flyover At Funeral
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Captain Sir Tom Moore has been honoured with a World War Two flyover at his funeral.
The 100-year-old war hero, from Keighley, Bradford, sadly passed away earlier this month after contacting Covid-19.
His coffin, draped in the Union flag, was carried into the crematorium by soldiers from his Yorkshire regiment while a firing party performed three rounds in unison.
And a C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, flew overhead.
A ceremonial guard from the Arm Foundation in Harrogate was also present.
The service was brought to a close with a bugler playing 'The Last Post'.
Speaking during the service Sir Tom's daughter Lucy Teixeira said: "Daddy, you would always tell us best foot forward.
"And true to your word, that's just what you did last year, raising a fortune for the NHS and walking your way into the nation's hearts.
"In some ways, we wondered, 'who would have thought it?' Yet knowing you as we did, your motivation and inspiration was no surprise."
She added: "Daddy I am so proud of you. What you achieved your whole life, and especially in the last year. You may be gone, but your message and your spirit lives on."
Sir Tom's grandson Benjamin said: "I would not be the person I am today without your sound guidance.
"There is a piece of you in everything I do.
"I could not have asked for a better last year to spend with you. I promise to continue the incredible legacy you have left."
Ahead of the service, a tweet from Captain Sir Tom's official account said: "So even if tomorrow is my last day, if all those I loved are waiting for me then that tomorrow will be a good day too'. Captain Sir Tom."
In a statement about their father's death, Ms Teixeira and her sister Hannah Ingram-Moore said: "Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever."
Having served with the Duke of Wellington regiment during the Second World War, Sir Tom became something of a national celebrity last year when, to mark his 100th birthday, he decided to do 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS during the first lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic.
He went on to raise an astonishing £32.8 million, which saw him praised by the NHS for his extraordinary effort.