Now this is a Hallmark moment.
Bernard Jordan, the British World War II veteran who snuck out of his retirement home in England to attend the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, received more than 2,500 birthday cards for his 90th birthday on Monday, the Telegraph reported.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) June 16, 2014
"I just can't believe it," he told outlets. "It's quite overwhelming to be honest."
Given all the attention he has received, Jordan added, "Anyone would think I'd defeated Hitler on my own."
Reports noted last week that Jordan's "heroic escapade" prompted local officials to propose that he be given the Freedom of the City, a municipal honor for people of distinction.
Jordan served in the Royal Navy and apparently never forgot his call to duty. On June 5, he went for a walk at The Pines care home in Hove and kept going. Another veteran called to say Jordan, who had been reported missing, was fine and attending D-Day anniversary ceremonies. Jordan's determination won attention on both sides of the pond.
A belated happy birthday to you, sir.