“State funeral with full military honours” - Reader’s discuss a fitting tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore

Sadly this week we had to say goodbye to one of the undoubted heroes of this (ongoing) pandemic, Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away after battling pneumonia and then contracting Covid-19. His death has reverberated around the nation and the world, with the Prime Minister announcing a ‘National Clap’ in tribute to his contribution.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 11:58 am

We asked our readers how they felt we should honour the efforts of the late great Yorkshire centenarian, who achieved more in his 100th year than many of us have in our lifetimes, and this is what they said:

Brian Kerrigan says; “Why not name a youth award after him for the armed cadet services plus a commemorative coin for all the cash he has collected for the NHS” and Antony Rowe felt they should “rename Leeds-Bradford Airport, Sir Tom Moore Airport.”

Hilary Inkles Clark says there should be; “a statue bearing The Union Jack. Well done Sir Tom Moore. RIP.” Kerrie Roebuck also felt that he should get a statue “in his hometown.” And, Terri Jane Duckworth thinks that a statue should be placed “ in Parliament Square”, which is something that Daniel Johannesen has also called for. In fact, many people called for a statue in his honour, a longstanding memorial for his incredible contribution to the NHS and in uniting a nation.

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British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore, 99, poses doing a lap of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London, on April 16, 2020. - A 99-year-old British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore on April 16 completed 100 laps of his garden in a fundraising challenge for healthcare staff that has "captured the heart of the nation", raising more than £13 million ($16.2 million, 14.9 million euros). "Incredible and now words fail me," Captain Moore said, after finishing the laps of his 25-metre (82-foot) garden with his walking frame. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Barry Everitt said it’s important to; “safeguard our NHS and fund it properly; this would please Sir Tom and everyone else in this country.” And, Natalie Louise Richards said that; “I will be clapping for sir Tom ❤️ but also for all the people lost ❤️”

Some thought we should go much further, like David Reaney, who said that they should; “rename a hospital, the Sir Tom Moore hospital, got a better ring than the Royal Hallamshire Hospital”. Many others agreed with this and quite a few supported the renaming of a hospital, or the ward where he was being treated.

Mel Machin believes that a “state funeral with full military honours” is the fitting send off to the Yorkshire gent. This was something that many supported, especially considering his efforts during the Second World War.

Sandra Nicholson says that; “we should ask his family especially Hannah his daughter”.

And, Barry Sharland believes that the government should; “ match Captain Sir Tom's 34 million pounds raised and put that into the NHS too.”

Finally, Mark Woolley’s reply resonated with so many readers, when he said; “by making sure that a 100yr old bloke never has to raise money for an organisation that should be properly funded by taxation and NI”.

There are many ways that you feel we should honour Captain Sir Tom Moore, from statues and the renaming of hospitals to wards or airports, and lets not forget military or state funerals. We also received suggestions for a National Holiday in his honour, a request for The Queen to say a few words about him, a commemorative banknote and even the possibility of the Sir Thomas Moore Institute. What is clear is that this hero of such a bleak time in modern history struck a chord with so many, hopefully he is given a fitting tribute that will stand the test of time, just like his contributions.

RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, a true Yorkshire hero.