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Dame Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103.
Vera Margaret Welch was born on March 17, 1917, and was just 22 when she began driving herself to London Underground stations to sing to people taking shelter from the German air raids. Her biggest hit, We’ll Meet Again, was recorded in 1939, and was followed by years of selfless service to “her” troops as she’d go anywhere, at whatever danger to herself, to perform for them, including a tour of Japanese-occupied Burma to perform for the British guerilla troups there.
The men loved their “Forces Sweetheart,” and she kept faith with them for the rest of her life, remaining active in numerous veterans organizations and charities until today.
I can’t think of another Briton, other than the Queen (who invoked the spirit of We’ll Meet Again in her recent Covid-19 speech), who so exemplifies what used to be the spirit of a great nation. Look for what’s likely to be an all-too-brief outburst of national pride in one of its favorite citizens.
Her last public performance was in 1995, at the age of 78, at the fiftieth commemoration of VE-Day, in Trafalgar Square.
Since then, she’s done numerous interviews, and has released several very popular compilations of her hits.
She has kept her promise. Rest in peace, dear lady. Pretty sure you’re among friends.Published in