WWII Veteran Ignores Nursing Home's Orders, Sneaks Away To Attend D-Day Celebrations
A World War II veteran wanted to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy so much that he planned an escape from his nursing home.
WWII veteran Bernard Jordan, 89, was reported missing by nursing home staff after he did not return from a walk.
ITV reports Jordan was told he could not go to Normandy for the 70th anniversary celebrations by the nursing home.
Determined to do so anyway, Jordan left the home wearing a grey mack that concealed his jacket underneath that is adorned with war medals.
Jordan was located when a younger veteran called to say he met him on a bus to France and that he was safe in a hotel in Ouistreham.
Sussex police have spoken with Jordan and “are satisfied that the pensioner is fine.” The police plan to speak with Jordan in-person once he is back home.
"Love this: 89yr old veteran reported missing by care home who said he can't go to Normandy for #DDay70 remembrance. We've found him there!,” tweeted Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Police Commander for the City of Brighton and Hove.
The Pines nursing home denies that Jordan was banned from attending the D-Day events, reports Metro. They do admit that his trip to France was unplanned.
“Mr Jordan was reported missing to the police yesterday evening as a matter of caution because he did not return from his normal trip to town and, when he left, had not told us he was still intent on trying to get to Normandy,’ a spokesman for The Pines said. “At no stage was he banned from going to the commemorations.”
"It was a first class show," Jordan told correspondent Paul Davies of ITV of the celebrations.
"I've been here last year, and this time, and touch wood if I'm still about I shall try next year as well,” Jordan said.