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WWII veteran reported missing from nursing home travels to D-Day ceremony

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WWII veteran reported missing from nursing home travels to D-Day ceremony

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jun 6, 2014

An 89-year-old British World War II veteran, reported missing from his nursing home on Thursday (June 5), was discovered safe and sound, accompanied by another unnamed veteran, at a hotel near Normandy, France. Bernard Jordan, a resident of the Pines nursing home in Hove, on England's southern coast, traveled nearly six hours to Normandy to attend the special 70th anniversary ceremony at the site of the D-Day invasion landings on June 6, 1944.

Although it was initially reported that Jordan had been banned from leaving the Pines, the company managing the facility, Gracewell Healthcare, said they only alerted police when he did not return after his day in town. They also said they were not aware he still intended to go to Normandy.

"Mr Jordan has full capacity, which means that he can come and go from the home as he pleases, which he does on most days," the company said in a statement. "At no stage was he banned from going to the commemorations."

The nursing home even paid tribute to Jordan with a Twitter post.

A Sussex Police spokesman told the BBC, "We have spoken to the veteran who called the home today and are satisfied that the pensioner is fine and that his friends are going to ensure he gets back to Hove safely over the next couple of days after the D-Day celebrations finish. Once [he] is home we will go and have a chat with him to check he is OK."

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.