Dame Vera Lynn Dies, Age 103

Beloved figure of WWII Britain is gone, marking an end of a chapter in British history.

PEOPLE

Dame Vera Lynn, whose iconic songs provided the soundtrack to British life during World War II, has died. She was 103.

In a family statement released Thursday morning, the singer’s relatives paid tribute to Lynn — who became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1975 — as “one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.”

“The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103,” the statement said. “Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.”

A memorial service for Lynn will be announced at a later date.

Dubbed “The Forces’ Sweetheart” because of her popularity among allied troops during World War II, Lynn’s recordings of “We’ll Meet Again” and “White Cliffs of Dover” remain iconic to the British people.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again
Some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won’t be long.
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go,
I was singing this song

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,
Don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again,
Some sunny day.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again
Some sunny day.
Keep smiling through,
Just like you always do,
‘Till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello
To the folks that I know,
Tell them I won’t be long.
They’ll be happy to know
That as you saw me go,
I was singing this song.

We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again,
Some sunny day.

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2 Responses to Dame Vera Lynn Dies, Age 103

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    May she rest in peace.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lucille says:

    A lovely voice clear as a bell, and every word she sang was completely distinguishable. She seemed so down-to-earth. I’d wager other musicians loved working with her. Her husband, Harry Lewis, certainly did as they married in 1941 after meeting as members of the same band–he being a clarinetist/saxophonist, and stayed married until he passed away in 1998. They were blessed with one daughter, Virginia, in 1946.

    Perhaps the first time I heard her rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” was on the soundtrack of the 1964 dark comedy DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. As you may recall, it accompanied the final scene of the world being blown apart via a nuclear holocaust.

    R.I.P., Vera Lynn.

    Liked by 1 person

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