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Touching moment former RAF man honours the fallen in viral video

The heartwarming video has had more than 1.5m views in less than 24hrs

This heart-warming video of a former RAF member paying his respects on Armistice Day has been viewed by over 1.5m people online after being captured by a proud neighbour.

The clip shows a man who was named only as Bill playing The Last Post on a bugle to mark the beginning of the two minutes silence.

He can be seen outside his Ellesmere Port home with nobody around except the neighbour that filmed the show of appreciation.

In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day's activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest.

Katrina Day, who filmed the video, says Bill signals the beginning and end of the two minutes silence outside his home every year if he is not already at a formal event.

She said: "I am truly shocked at how far this has travelled and the response it has received. Bill is a lovely gentlemen; a member of the Salvation army and a great asset to the local community. I think he served in The RAF for a period albeit after the war had ended."

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Katrina added: "If Bill hasn't been invited to a formal ceremonial event on Armistice Day, he dons his full salvation army uniform and proudly plays the last post on his bugle before the start of the silence and some kind of piece again to signify the ending.

"This was not all caught on video as I felt the dogs barking were spoiling it.

"This is a moment I have personally enjoyed each year and thought it nice to share with Facebook friends as I know not everybody would have a neighbour quite like Bill.

"I wanted others to share in the sense of pride and reflection I get from observing the silence with the beautiful sound of the last post compared to it without."

Facebook users have shared the video over 25,000 times, with heartfelt messages flooding in for Bill from around the globe.

Neighbour Margie Hewitt said on Facebook group Pride in the Port: "So proud to have this gentleman as a very special friend and neighbour lots of respect for him xx."



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