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British pensioner flees care home to join D-Day ceremonies

Published on Jun 7, 2014 6:31 AM
 

LONDON (AFP) - An 89-year-old British World War II veteran who went missing from his retirement home was found in France enjoying a D-Day anniversary get-together with former comrades, police said on Friday.

Bernard Jordan slipped out of The Pines care home in the seaside town of Hove in southern England on Thursday wearing his medals under his raincoat.

The former Royal Navy officer then joined a coach party heading for events marking the 70th anniversary of the landings at Ouistreham in Normandy, northern France.

"I have been here last year and I have been here obviously this time... but if I am still about I shall try next year's as well," Mr Jordan told broadcaster ITV.

 
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