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Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn Turns 101 Today

March 20, 2018

Dame Vera Lynn celebrates her 101st birthday today.

 

The Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Vera Lynn spent several weeks entertaining troops in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

 

Last year Dame Vera Lynn broke her own record to become the oldest person to release a new album.

The album, called Vera Lynn 100, is released on March 17, featured other top British singers including Alfie Boe, Alexander Armstrong and Aled Jones.

 

Her 100th birthday celebrations last year were hampered by bad weather with a flypast by wartime Spitfires having to be cancelled.

 

We hope you will join us in wishing Vera an amazing birthday and share this post below. 

 

 

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