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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Cillian Murphy, Barry Keoghan, Harry Styles and Kenneth Branagh attend the "DUNKIRK" New York Premiere on July 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

A 97 year old veteran of the battle of Dunkirk left a cinema in tears after seeing a special premiere of Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster, Dunkirk

“I had the privilege of seeing that film tonight and I am saddened by it because of what happened on that beach,” Ken Sturdy told Global News.

He tells us that he was just twenty years old when he worked as a signal man for the Royal Navy & helped evacuated soldiers reach waiting boats after they became stranded by the invading German army.

At the premiere, Sturdy told journalists that even though the experience was over 70 years ago he was still able to see his old friends again while watching the movie. He ended with a comment that will stick with you, “Tonight I cried because it’s never the end. We the human species are so intelligent and we do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon but we still do stupid things.”

Dunkirk had a great first weekend in the box office, check out the trailer for yourself.