Good Morning Britain viewers were left heartbroken today as a D-Day veteran broken down in tears after recalling his devastating memories of the war.
Ted Cordery, who served on board the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Belfast on D-Day, appeared on the morning show to encourage other veterans to join him in revisiting the beaches of Normandy.
Asked about the horrific events of D-Day, Cordery said: “There was hundreds and hundreds of these aircraft and we knew that something was amiss.”
He then broke into tears before adding: “It annoys me when all these films are all ‘bang, bang, bang.”
“Since the war I’ve lost my mates,” he continued. “I’ve seen the ashes go over the side of the HMS Belfast.”
Viewers at home took to Twitter to share their emotional responses to seeing Cordery break down in tears, with many praising him for his heroism.
— Russell Binckes (@BinckesRussell) February 26, 2019
God bless Ted, the D-Day veteran and HERO. Choked me up watching him get upset reminiscing about it. Great that the #RoyalBritishLegion will help get him back to those beaches where he lost so many friends #GMB
— Paul Jepson (@jpjepson) February 26, 2019
watching Ted on gmb is breaking my heart, what an absolute hero he is ❤️ #gmb
— Emma✌ (@EmmaLauren_) February 26, 2019
Literally crying listening to Ted Cordery talking about D-Day. Bless him #GMB
— 🐾Eryn11175🐾 (@eryn11175) February 26, 2019
One viewer tweeted: Watching the D day veteran on GMB this morning made me have a few tears. If it wasn’t for people like him, we wouldn’t have the life we do now, my hat is off in respect for an amazing guy.”
While another wrote: “God bless Ted, the D-Day veteran and HERO. Choked me up watching him get upset reminiscing about it. Great that the #RoyalBritishLegion will help get him back to those beaches where he lost so many friends.”
“Watching Ted on GMB is breaking my heart. What an absolute hero he is,” added another.
Today’s GMB host Kate Garraway also admitted to being “emotional” due to the overwhelming response from viewers.
“It’s making me feel emotional reading them out,” she said.
Garraway’s co-host Charlotte Hawkins also paid tribute to the war hero by posting a photo of the three of them on her official Instagram account.
She wrote of the ‘amazing response’ the show has received from Cordery’s emotional appearance and called him ‘a remarkable man.’
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