Capt. Tom’s 100th birthday: 150,000 cards, a promotion and a fundraiser worth $39 million
Britain is still in a state of lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Moore’s milestone birthday brought widespread celebration. The veteran, who served in India during World War II, was honored with a flyby above his home in Bedfordshire, 50 miles north of London, as Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Boris Johnson led tributes.
The Royal Mail service issued a special postmark, stamping letters with his name and birth date, while children and others nationwide made and sent him more than 150,000 birthday cards, which are being displayed in the hall of his grandson’s school. A railway train was named after him, street art featuring Moore’s face popped up across the country, and a special birthday message was displayed on a giant screen in London’s Piccadilly Circus.
But perhaps the greatest gift of all: an honorary promotion from captain to colonel.