Bernard Jordan, the 89-year-old man who left his care home to make his own way to Normady for the D-Day commemorations said he would never imagine his visit would cause a stir. In a statement released as he arrived at home he said:
I want to thank everyone for their kind words and best wishes following my trip to Normandy – I never imagined my visit would cause such a stir!
I'm delighted to be back at home with my wife and the wonderful staff here at The Pines. I was never banned from going to the commemorations, I just decided to make my own way there.
All the men and the women who took part that day 70 years ago are heroes, especially the ones who never came home.
The D-Day veteran who caused a furore by sneaking off from his care home to Normandy last week explains why he made the "secretive" journey.
An 89-year-old veteran reported missing from a nursing home was found in France, marking the anniversary of the D-Day landings.