March 20, 2017

To mark her 100th birthday, Vera Lynn releases new album

You might not recognize the name, but you likely will recognize some of her most famous songs from WW2 movies or Dr. Strangelove:  I'll Be Seeing You, We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover, and A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

Known as the "Forces Sweetheart", Dame Vera Lynn provided much needed moral for the people of Britain during the Second World War .  Today is her 100th birthday and she will be repaid with

a touching and a fitting tribute. To mark the national treasure's milestone 100th birthday, a pair of original wartime Spitfires are set to do a rare fly-over and display above the White Cliffs of Dover.  As WWII re-enactors perform a military salute, the iconic backdrop will be transformed more than 70 years after her wartime classic song gave hope to British troops in action.

 Hbday Veralynn 100

She is also marking the occasion with a new album.  In 2009, at age 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart.

 Veralynn 100Album

Asked for secret to a long life she said, 'Keep interested, read books, watch television, keep in touch with life'
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Dame Vera marked her birthday with a family tea party and said in a statement: 'I am truly overwhelmed by the wonderful messages, gifts and gestures that people have made to mark this milestone occasion with me. I feel blessed to have reached 100, and I am humbled by everyone's kindness."

 Vera Lynn

She is held in great affection by veterans of the Second World War to this day and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century.

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