Entertainment This Morning's Holly and Phillip pay tribute to Captain Tom Moore
Captain Sir Tom Moore: The war hero who became a national treasure
Captain Sir Tom Moore's death today aged 100 marks the close of an extraordinary life story - that of a former Yorkshire grammar school lad who stood up to serve his country at two of its moments of greatest peril.The grandfather-of-four's service in World War Two took him across Asia and the Far East, including tours in India, Burma and Sumatra.
This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield paid an emotional tribute to the late war hero Captain Tom Moore on Wednesday.
Captain Tom, who won the hearts of the nation last year with his fundraising efforts, sadly died on Tuesday aged 100, after battling pneumonia and coronavirus.
And remembering his life, the ITV show honoured the Second World War veteran with a moving picture montage and poignant words highlighting the achievements in his life.
This Morning opened with Holly, 39, and Phillip, 58, sat in silence, while music played alongside a quote said by Tom last year.
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Holly began by saying: 'Captain Sir Tom Moore there, we will be remembering his incredible life in just a few minutes.'
What then followed was a compilation of images as they detailed his incredible life and achievements, with Phil noting: 'He captured our hearts with his wartime spirit, optimism and mantra of "Tomorrow will be a good day".'
The video then paid homage to Tom as it reflected on his rise to prominence which began with his aim of walking 100 laps of his garden to raise money for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Detailing why Tom had become a symbol of hope, Phillip continued: 'He initially hoped to raise £1,000 but surpassed all expectations and raised a staggering £39million becoming a symbol of hope during one of the toughest years the country has endured.’
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As the video continued, Phil went on to detail significant moments of Tom's last year including him becoming an honorary colonel to mark his 100th birthday and him receiving a knighthood from the Queen in July.
He went on: 'Captain Tom became an unlikely celebrity worldwide. He went on to break two Guinness World Records becoming the oldest person to get a number one single in the UK charts.
'He also published an autobiography Today Will Be A Good Day, a children’s picture book. He also became the oldest every cover star for British GQ Magazine.’
Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for healthcare workers in the UK, dies after testing positive for COVID-19
Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for UK healthcare workers, has died. Moore was being treated for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before his death. He was hospitalized on Sunday because he was having trouble breathing. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions of dollars for healthcare workers in the UK by walking laps in his garden, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19,his foundation announced on Tuesday.
After the video ended, a sombre Holly called him an 'incredible man', before introducing guests including Katherine Jenkins and Joanna Lumley, who wished to pay their own tributes.
Speaking of Tom, Katherine said: 'I think like everybody out there I was touched by his story and definitely shed a few tears from his achievements.
'I was excited to meet him. He surpassed everything I thought he was going to be. He was gentle, warm and humble.’
There was also a video chat with Tony Hudgell, a young lad who was inspired to start using his prosthetic legs after watching Captain Tom's monumental walk in his garden.
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On February 1, 2021, the British national hero and war veteran Captain Sir Tom Moore died. All over the world, people are mourning the 100-year-old and express their condolences online. © Getty Images Captain Sir Tom Moore († 100) Captain Sir Tom Moore , † 100, caused a sensation in 2020 with a special campaign: At the proud age of 99, he started doing laps with a walking aid wander around your own garden. His goal: He wanted to do it 100 times and collect 1000 pounds (1135 euros) in donations.
After watching the heartwarming tribute, This Morning viewers took to Twitter to share how moved they were over the dedication to the national hero.
'Feel like this eulogy for captain sir tom is like the nations grandad im chooked up here' commented one person.
While another remarked: 'Catching up on #thismorning and in floods of tears for Captain Tom Moore'
'#ThisMorning tribute to Sir Tom was perfect' read a tweet from a third person.
'In tears watching the tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore on #ThisMorning. Honesty one of the purest and most inspiring souls that has contributed so much for his country', said a fourth.
With a fifth viewer adding: 'The tribute to Sir Tom on this morning is absolutely brilliant. Top notch stuff.'
Sir Tom had been taken to hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for coronavirus last week.
Queen Elizabeth II leads tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death
Queen Elizabeth II has led tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who passed away on Tuesday (02.02.21) following a battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia. © Bang Showbiz Queen Elizabeth II knighting Captain Sir Tom Moore The former military officer - who raised millions for charity amid the start of coronavirus pandemic in March - passed away at the age of 100, after he was recently hospitalised with pneumonia, and tested positive for COVID-19. And following the sad news, the Queen has reached out to Captain Sir Tom’s family, after she awarded him a knighthood for his charitable deeds.
His family praised the care he had received from the NHS and said they had been able to spend time with him in his final hours.
In a statement, Hannah and Lucy said: 'We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
'We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.
'The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of.
'Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.'
Buckingham Palace said the Queen and the royal family's thoughts are with Captain Sir Tom Moore's family and she is sending a private message of condolence.
Sir Tom's fundraising efforts raised more than £32 million for the NHS, walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April.
The veteran set out to raise £1,000 from his charity challenge but his efforts struck a chord with the nation, and praise and donations flooded in.
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