Normandy veteran Bernard Jordan, who staged his “great escape” from his nursing home to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of D-Day in France, could be honoured with the freedom of his home city.
Mayor of Brighton and Hove Brian Fitch is proposing that the city council grants the accolade – which has previously been given to a select few including First World War hero Henry Allingham, Olympic champion Steve Ovett and Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi – to the 89-year-old.
He will be writing to the local authority’s chief executive Penny Thompson and a special council meeting could be held next month to agree the proposal.
Mr Fitch said: “The fact that he wanted to go to the 70th anniversary of D-Day and couldn’t get on the official party and was determined to make his own way shows the sort of spirit many people had when they were part of D-Day which was to help liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny.
“And at the age of 89 he hasn’t lost any of that spirit and I think he has been an inspiration to all ages.”
This guy and the 93 year old who parachuted onto Utah Beach to commemorate the anniversary show that they aren’t really the “take no for an answer” types.
With so few of the Greatest Generation left, we should be honoring them every chance we get.