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The title of the song song is taken from a catchphrase that is still quite often used in the British forces. Here is Bing Crosby singing Old Soldiers Never Die, a song he recorded in 1951. The full lines run 'Old soldiers never die, never die, never die. Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away. General McArthur in his farewell address to congress said 'like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty'. I can admit to singing the song to people leaving the forces at one time, however by the time I left, that tradition like many others had stopped. Even Tricky Dicky, Richard Nixon paraphrased it in an interview in 1980 when he said 'Old politicians usually die, but they never fade away'.

I think Captain Tom, will never fade away now he will always be remembered somewhere.

Do you think Captain Tom will always be remembered ?
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Chris563

  6 months ago
Amazing man
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Liz.king.m

  6 months ago
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Liz.king.m

  6 months ago
Amazing x all that money for a worthy cause !!!
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SimonGUK

  6 months ago
I don't know Chris. Much has happened in so short a time and who knows how much longer and how many more dead we will see? I can imagine him becoming a bit iconic though, and he is sure to be recorded in the the photographic records of this event.
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gabs.ak

  6 months ago
No
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Hawksmoor

  6 months ago
I'm not sure, but he ought to be. He's united everyone in willing him on. Maybe his 100th Birthday should be celebrated with a 'doorstep clap', like the NHS one? :)
As a severe arthritis sufferer, I sort of feel every step of his painful laps of the garden. I've tried using the walker he's got - and it doesn't make it that much easier. That old boys got grit and gumption - we don't breed too many like that these days !! :0
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ray.ray.gismo

  6 months ago
I think he is of equal heroism as our NHS is right now, he really does have no idea how much of an impact he had made on people with his tenacity. What a gentleman.
Good night Chris, sleep well
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RainbowStorm

  6 months ago
I think he should be remembered for what he's done. Whether or not he will be when this is all over and people revert to their normal defaults, well that's a question without an answer for now...
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calmted

  6 months ago
I really hop so - what an inspiration. He is really marvellous!
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spartan3002

  6 months ago
I'd hope so mate , he should go down in history for what he's achieved .
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