We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn

British singer Vera Lynn, whose sentimental ballads during World War II provided the soundtrack for the Allied war effort, has died at the age of 103.

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4 Comments on “We’ll Meet Again: Vera Lynn”

  1. Hedley Says:

    It’s hard to quantify how important Dame Vera was to the war and the spirit of the country. Being born in 54, she appeared frequently on the TV dealing with the changes of the 60s but was always held in the highest esteem

    “”White Cliffs of Dover” and “We’ll meet again” are ingrained in to culture. A wonderful woman who gave so much

    I will let the historian Max Hastings have the last word

    “Moreover, Vera Lynn’s wartime life was a study of what the British wanted from their entertainers, and did not always get. Between shows, and touring as far afield as Burma to see the “Forgotten Army”, she visited hospitals and factories, taking with her a smile that lit up her audiences as much as her voice.

    Her fellow radio star from that era, Wilfred Pickles, wrote: “When Vera visited hospitals, and then on the Forces Programme told the fighting men about their new babies, she was not merely reading a script; she really saw every child she talked about — and took flowers to their mothers.”

    Vera Lynn and her songs may not have scaled the summits of high art, but they were fine and sweet things in an unprecedentedly ugly world. The people of 21st century Britain are right to celebrate her memory . . . so long as they can restrain their nostalgia for the era in which she played so remarkable a part.”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Even I knew Vera Lynn and her music, thanks to my mother who sang along with records. What I didn’t realize is how essential she was during the war. On the video, everyone sings along. It gave me a chill.

      Vera Lynn was remarkable with her doing so much like visiting hospitals and telling men about their babies and delivering flowers.

      I understand the nostalgia.

  2. Bob Says:

    I think her version of this song was the tile song for one of my favorite movies, “Dr. Strangelove”.


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