D-Day Veteran Is In Tears When He’s Surprised With War Medals For Ones He Lost [VIDEO]

A blind D-Day veteran has made an emotional appeal for help to find some of his Second World War medals which were lost at a service station on the M6 in Staffordshire. Now, he has been given replacement medals, and you will not believe how grateful he is until you watch this video.

Alfred Barlow, 96 years old, a former soldier and legally blind was completely devastated after his prized medals went missing at a motorway service station on the M6 Toll near Wallsall while he was returning from a pilgrimage to Normandy.

On June 6, 1944 he landed on the beaches of Normandy along with forty five thousand allied soldiers. For his part in that historic conflict, he was awarded four medals: the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star,the Palestine medal, and the 1939-1945 War medal.

On june 8 of this year, he stopped into a restroom at Norton Canes Services just off the M6 highway in Walsall, England. While he was in the restroom, his medals went missing. When England heard of his loss, the nation stood with him. A reward fund was set up and raised over five thousand British pounds. Acclaimed actor Hugh Grant even donated another one thousand pounds for the reward.

While no tips have led to the return of the medals or the capture of those involved in their disappearance, the British government decided to reissue his awards.

At a ceremony last week in Hampton Court, in London, he received the replacement medals

Speaking at the event, Barlow said “I am overwhelmed by the attention I have received over these missing medals.It’s amazing that Hugh Grant, who I’ve never met in my life, offered a £1,000 reward for the return of the medals, and other people have also offered smaller sums. I’m very grateful for all the attention that has been afforded me today.”

His wife stood beside him as the presentation progressed. The awards were presented by a representative from the organization Blind Veterans UK during the Hampton Gardens Palace Flower Show.

Barlow is looking forward to leaving his medals to his grandson.

Sources: AWM, BBC Video Credit: Youtube via Stream Video

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