Captain Tom Moore farewelled

A World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honour of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard

Captain Tom Moore farewelled

A World War II-era plane flew Saturday over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honour of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain's health workers by walking laps in his backyard.

Soldiers performed ceremonial duties at the service for the 100-year-old, whose charity walk inspired the nation and raised almost £33 million ($60m).

Captain Tom, as he became known, died February 2 in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

(No reuse after 11.59pm on March 6th 2021 without written consent from gemma@captaintom.org.) The Order of Service for the funeral of Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, EnglandA vintage C-47 Dakota performs a flypast over Bedford crematorium as a funeral service for Sir Tom Moore takes place on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, EnglandThe family of Captain Tom Moore, from left, son-in-law Colin Ingram, granddaughter Georgia, grandson Benjie and daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore arrive for his funeral, at Bedford Crematorium, in Bedford, England, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021.(No reuse after 11.59pm on March 6th 2021 without written consent from gemma@captaintom.org.) The coffin of Captain Sir Tom Moore is carried by members of the Armed Forces during his funeral at Bedford Crematorium on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, England

Just eight members of the veteran's immediate family attended Saturday's private service, but soldiers carried his coffin to a crematorium and formed a ceremonial guard.

The family has urged well-wishers to stay at home as the country remains in lockdown.

A version of the song Smile, recorded by singer Michael Buble, was to be played at the funeral.

 (EDITOR'S NOTE: No reuse after 11.59pm on March 6th 2021 without written consent from gemma@captaintom.org.) Members of the Armed Forces stand in formation during a private funeral service for Captain Sir Tom Moore at Bedford Crematorium on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, England. The funeral procession for Sir Tom Moore passes through the village of Marston Moretaine on the way to Bedford Crematorium ahead of a private ceremony on February 27, 2021 in Bedford, England

Moore, who served in India, Burma and Sumatra during WWII, set out to raise a modest £1,000 ($1800) for Britain's National Health Service (NHS) by walking 100 laps of his backyard by his 100th birthday.

But his quest went viral, catching the imagination of millions stuck at home during the UK's first wave of the pandemic.

99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, poses for a photo at his home in Marston Moretaine, England, after he achieved his goal of 100 laps of his garden

His positive attitude — "Please always remember, tomorrow will be a good day" became his trademark phrase — inspired the nation at a time of crisis, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson described him as a "hero in the truest sense of the word″.

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July in a socially distanced ceremony at Windsor Castle, west of London.

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