Veterans

Captain Tom Moore: How The UK Has Wished The Army Veteran 'Happy Birthday'

The Second World War veteran has received more than 150,000 cards and has been recognised by the Armed Forces.

Captain Tom Moore has been flooded with happy birthday messages, with the Prime Minister, Royal Family and the Armed Forces all sending their regards.

The Second World War veteran, who has raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, turned 100 on Thursday.

He has received more than 150,000 cards and has been sent messages from some of the country's most senior figures.

Captain Tom said he has "enjoyed every second of this exciting adventure" as he celebrated his 100th birthday.

'A Point Of Light'

Boris Johnson wished Captain Tom a happy birthday in a video message recorded specially for today. 

"Your heroic efforts have lifted the spirits of the entire nation," the Prime Minister said.

He described the veteran as a "point of light" for the nation and thanked him for his "heroic efforts".

"You've created a channel to enable millions to say a heartfelt thank you to the remarkable men and women in our NHS, who are doing the most outstanding job," Mr Johnson added.

WATCH: The PM's birthday message to Capt Tom.

Royal Praise

Meanwhile, the Royal Family has also wished Capt Tom a happy 100th birthday.

The Queen's personal representative in Bedfordshire, where Capt Tom lives, delivered a birthday card to the veteran from Her Majesty on Thursday morning.

The Duchess of Cornwall said the fundraising work of the "wonderful" veteran "makes you proud to be British". 

Armed Forces Show Their Support

Ahead of his 100th birthday, Capt Tom was appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College in Harrogate

He was given a letter confirming the appointment by soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who also presented him with their annual Regimental Medal.

It is given to an individual of the Regiment family who is considered to have made the greatest contribution in the last year.

WATCH: How the military has honoured Captain Tom.

On social media, the Yorkshire Regiment wished him a happy birthday on behalf of the British Army with a musical message.

Meanwhile, Royal Marines musicians also posted a special performance for Capt Tom.

The veteran community too has been showing its support, with Chelsea Pensioners holding up signs, saying: "Happy Birthday!"

A flypast from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over Capt Tom's home in Bedfordshire marked the start of his centenary celebrations. 

Local residents gathered outside their homes to watch, clap and sing happy birthday to the veteran.

Children and adults alike joined in creating drawings and bunting to decorate the village with.

From flypasts to trains, and Great Western Railway have named their new Intercity Express Train after the veteran for his "remarkable fundraising achievements during COVID-19".

The company said it followed a "huge amount of requests" from staff and the public for him to be recognised.

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The Royal Mail has pained Capt Tom's local postbox 'NHS Blue' (Picture: @RoyalMail/Twitter).

The Royal Mail has also been joining in with the celebrations.

All mail sent from Monday has been stamped with a special postmark to commemorate his birthday, while Capt Tom's local postbox has been painted 'NHS blue' to honour his fundraising achievements. 

Meanwhile, the world of sport has also been recognising Capt Tom on his 100th birthday.

The England cricket team has named the veteran an honorary member of the national team, describing him on Twitter as a "national treasure" and an "inspiration to us all".

Capt Tom's fundraising efforts have lead to calls for him to be knighted, while he was recently given a Pride of Britain award.

Hometown Hero

People living in Captain Tom's village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire did not shy away from celebrations.

While the current government restrictions concerning social distancing because of the ongoing coronavirus health emergency continue to be in place, villagers found alternative and safe ways to show their appreciation to Capt Moore.

Children and adults alike joined in creating drawings and bunting to decorate the village with.

Locals also joined together in a socially distanced celebration consisting of clapping and singing happy birthday to Captain Tom.

Cover image: Captain Tom Moore (Picture: MOD).