Bernard Jordan caught the world’s attention last year when he “escaped” from his nursing home in Sussex, England and traveled to Normandy, France for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Bernard left the nursing home on 5 June 2014, and was reported missing to Sussex Police later that day. Staff later discovered he had joined hundreds of other veterans in France at events on the beaches of Normandy.
Asked why he traveled across to Normandy, he said: “My thoughts were with my mates who had been killed. “I was going across to pay my respects. I was a bit off course but I got there.”
Staff at his nursing home had tried to get him on to an accredited tour to Normandy with the Royal British Legion but it had not been possible to arrange.
Undeterred, the former navy officer decided he would go there anyway, sparking a police alert and throwing him into the media spotlight.
Goes to show Veterans will do what it takes to pay respects to our Fallen brothers and sisters.
The 90-year-old former navy officer died in the hospital.
A statement from Gracewell Healthcare said he would be “much missed by his beloved wife and all his friends at The Pines Care Home in Hove”.
Rest In Peace Mr. Jordan, thank you for your service to your country and to ours.