A salute to Captain Sir Tom, on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

A salute to Captain Sir Tom, on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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Richard Boardman started this petition to Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London) and

By now, irrespective of where you live in the UK, there can be no one who has not been affected in some way by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But as a consequence, there also can be no one in the entire UK ( and in fact globally)  who has not been touched in some way by the heart warming story of Captain Sir Tom Moore.  More than anyone else I can think of, last year he put a ( sometimes cheeky ) face on everything we should strive to be, and how we should all try to behave towards each other.

How could any of us have guessed that a ninety-nine year old,  quiet, retiring, World War Two veteran would be the one to really strike a chord with us ALL? 

In his simple act to support the NHS, by walking a hundred lengths of his garden in Keithley in time for his 100th birthday, Sir Tom truly caught the National "Zeitgeist". The figures speak for themselves.

1.5 million donors, pledging £39 million ( including tax breaks), an 800,000 strong petition to have him knighted by the Her Majesty the Queen, 150,000 birthday cards from a grateful (and inspired) nation, and to round it off, a number 1 record ( making him the only 100 year old to achieve a number 1?).

I believe he has exceeded the previous record for a " Just Giving " charity campaign 6-7 times over.  And there are untold numbers of follow on fund raising efforts, directly inspired by Sir Tom's dignified and calm determination.

I believe we should honour this kind and generous gentleman, one of the last of "our greatest generation", and all that he exemplifies, with a bronze statue on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.  Perhaps with nothing more than a quote at the base , " Tomorrow will be a good day...".

Until such time that we can safely say we are all through this pandemic, perhaps Tom's statue could serve in some way as a memorial, to ALL who have worked so hard to see the World into a better tomorrow.   And of course to all our fallen friends.  We'll never walk alone.

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