Missing 89-year-old veteran turns up in Normandy for D-Day anniversary

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WWII veterans listen to a reading at an event in Arromanches-les-Bains, on June 6, 2014, during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

(PIX11) – An 89-year-old veteran decided to break out of a UK senior care home and travel alone to Normandy for the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Bernard Jordan, a decorated veteran of World War II, walked out of The Pines home in the southern English town of Hove, dressed in a full suit and wearing his medals, The Guardian reported.

The police were called after he went missing around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.  Staff members told the Sussex police he was last seen wearing a “grey mac (raincoat) and a jacket underneath with his war medals on.”

That evening, The Pines got a call from a younger veteran who had met Jordan on a bus in France.

He told employees that Jordan was safe and sound, and that they were staying at a hotel before finishing the trip to the Normandy for the anniversary celebration.

On the morning of June 6, 1944 the Allies turned the tide of World War II with the seaborne invasion of German-controlled Western Europe.