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89-Year-Old Veteran Escapes Nursing Home To Attend D-Day Commemoration Ceremony

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There’s a reason why we refer to the men who served in World War II as the Greatest Generation. Without a doubt, they are heroes. They put their lives on hold to defend the world and secure liberty for others. To do what they did, you’d have to have some serious balls. Even now, as many of them are in their nineties, they still do.

An 89-year-old man living in a nursing home in England wanted to attend a ceremony commemorating the invasion of Normandy. However, he wasn’t permitted to. Being the badass that he clearly is, he wasn’t going to take no for an answer.

On the night of Thursday, June 5, the man was reported missing. The folks who run the nursing home were probably freaking out, because, you know, usually it’s not good when elderly people just go missing. A short time later, the nursing home received a phone call from another elderly man who said that the man who’d escaped the nursing home was alive and well. In fact, not only was he in good condition, but he was in a hotel in Ouistreham, a town in Normandy, France.

The two men, both World War II veterans, had gone to Normandy together to honor the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord.

“We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish,” a Sussex Police spokesman told the BBC. “Once the pensioner is home we will go and have a chat with him to check he is OK.”

How awesome is that? This man just wouldn’t take no for an answer. All he wanted to do was honor the sacrifices he and many of his friends made. When he was told he couldn’t go, he proceeded to do so anyway. Just as he’d done 70 years earlier, he left England clandestinely, told nobody where he was going, and headed for the shores of Normandy. Thank God for men like him.

[via UPI]

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