This undated handout image issued by Gracewell Healthcare shows Bernard Jordan an 89-year-old veteran, holding a picture of himself as the Mayor of Hove from 1995 to 1996.
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June 6, 2014 3:17 PM EDT

A World War II veteran reported missing by his southern England nursing home was spotted at D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France according to police.

Staff at The Pines nursing home called police after Bernard Jordan, 89, didn’t return to the home on Thursday evening, the AP reports. The police determined that Jordan was safe by speaking to him on the phone when a fellow veteran called to explain that the two were at a hotel in France.

Jordan is a Royal Navy veteran and a former mayor of Hove, the town where The Pines is located. The nursing home has denied accusations that it prevented Jordan from attending the events.

“In fact, staff at the home tried to get Mr. Jordan onto an accredited tour with the Royal British Legion but, due to the last-minute nature of the request, this was not possible,” said chief executive Peter Curtis in a statement.


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