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D-Day June 6, 1944 / June 6, 2014 – The Great Escape!

June 7th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bernard Jordan landed on D-Day and 70 years later, he hoped he wouldn’t be landing in trouble.

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Yesterday was the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.  There were commemorations, ceremonies, live reports and documentaries for the past several days here in France about the D-Day invasion.  One of the best stories I was following was a human interest story.  89 year-old Bernard Jordan was a Royal Navy Officer and he hatched a plan.  The biggest D-Day celebration was going on in France and he was determined to be a part of it.  The only problem was Mr. Jordan lives in a care home and he’s only allowed a short walk to town and down to the local pub.

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The still spry and agile veteran put on his medals under his raincoat and headed out the door.  He had made arrangements with a friend to drive him to Brighton Station.  From there he took a train to Portsmouth.  The rest of the way to France, he was going to play it by ear.  There at the dockside he says, “I saw someone I knew and asked if I could go on the trip. They said, yes.”

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When Bernard didn’t return home for dinner that evening, The Pines care home called police and a search was put in place for the missing octogenarian.  Everyone was on high alert for the well-known former mayor of Hove.  While they searched the surrounding area, hospitals, bus depots, etc., Bernard had already crossed the English Channel and had checked himself into a hotel in Ouistreham, Normandy.

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when one of Mr. Jordan’s old comrades telephoned the care home to let them know he had been on the coach with them to Normandy and that “he would come home when he was ready.”  His wife, Irene, who lives with him in the care home was in on her husband’s adventure.  He said, “My wife knew I was going – she supported me. I’m really pleased I did it and I’ll do it again next year if I’m still here.”

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Today Mr. Jordan returned to Portsmouth, Hampshire on the Brittany Ferry “The Normandie” to a hero’s welcome.  He was given a hearty breakfast of fried eggs, sausages, bacon, orange juice and coffee.  The crew said his appetite matched his appetite for life and that he was a real charmer with the ladies.  He sipped tea with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Parachute Regiment and they declared him “our new best mate.”

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Upon arriving on British soil, Mr. Jordan was met by the media.  “I’ve had a really good time.” he said.  “It meant the world to be part of the anniversary.  I just wanted to go over and join in with the commemorations. Being a veteran myself this was important to me and it meant the world to be there. I met some great characters – from old veterans to dancing girls – and I loved every minute.” He went on to say, “It was such an exciting experience – it was a smashing event but it is marvellous to be back. I will have to face the music at the care home now, but that is just one of those things in life.”  Mr. Jordan didn’t have to worry.  The Pines care home was just happy to have their new celebrity resident back home.

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Maya Muses:  A spokesman for Brittany Ferries said Mr. Jordan can travel with them for free in the future.  I think The Pines is going to have to help with his preparations for D-Day next year.  It seems nothing stops Bernard Jordan when he puts his mind to it.  And just maybe his wife, Irene, will join him on his next adventure!

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Photo Credit:  The Daily Mail

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pam // Jun 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    It’s nice to read a heart-warming story about D-day rather than all the horrors that took place. I know it’s important to remember, but this one made my day. Thanks.

  • 2 Lynn // Jun 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I think a lot of people feel that way and that’s why Mr. Jordan has become quite the celebrity. It’s a great story and I’m glad he had a wonderful time and got home safe and sound to his wife.

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