Posted on March 21, 2019
The ‘Forces Sweetheart’ who captured the heart of the nation with songs like ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover’ has supported ex-servicemen and many others over the years.
Ahead of the birthday, she said: “I am looking forward to having a glass of bubbly, but I am not sure whether they will be able to fit all 102 candles on my cake.” The singer, who began her music career aged 15, has been close to the hearts of the military since the Second World War and has founded multiple charities. She has been a household name ever since she boosted the morale of British troops during the Second World War with her songs.
Those wanting to wish Vera a happy 102nd birthday have been honouring her on social media.
20 March 1917. Dame Vera Lynn was born in London. She was known as the “Forces Sweetheart” during WW2. Her songs “We’ll Meet Again” and “White Cliffs of Dover” were hugely popular during the war-time period. — Prof.Frank McDonough
Dame Vera often referred to British troops as ‘her boys’, a relationship which has created the backbone for most of her charity work. ‘Help for Forgotten Allies’, one of her main charities, gives grants to the widows of Burmese soldiers who fought in the Burma campaign during the Second World War.