British national hero Captain Tom Moore will soon add knighthood to his accomplishments. The 100-year-old World War II veteran, who raised money for the National Health Service by doing laps around his garden, is soon to be knighted by the Queen, according to Reuters.
Moore was nominated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after raising over £33 million by completing over 100 circuits of his garden, with the use of his walking frame.
His efforts and good spirit became a symbol for both Britain and the world, as he undertook this challenge with the sole intention of helping his nation and their health care workers during this difficult time.
Moore said that he is very much looking forward to meeting the Queen, with whom he shares a generation, as she is 94.
The bestowment of a knighthood is when the Queen, or monarch, taps a sword on the recipient’s shoulders.
"I hope she’s not very heavy handed with the sword," Moore joked. "By then I might be rather a poor old weak soul."
He noted that "Any discussion between me and the queen will have to be kept secret."
The full interview with Captain Tom Moore via the BBC can be seen here:
Moore’s 100th birthday came with the honour of being made an honorary colonel, as well as an honorary member of the English cricket team. "I am overawed by the face that this has happened to me," he said.
In his nomination of Moore for the knighthood, Johnson said that the veteran had provided "a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus." He went on to say that "On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge ‘thank you.’ He's a true national treasure."
Moore said that "There’s a future for everyone, give everybody a little smile and see if they’ll smile back."
"You have got to look forward," he went on to say, "to the fact that things will improve as they always do: things will get better and we will have a lovely golden sky and hear the larks singing again beautifully."
During World War II, Moore served in India, Burma and Sumatra. He was raised in Yorkshire.