AN image of World War Two’s Forces Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn is projected on to the White Cliffs of Dover.
The We’ll Meet Again singer, who died last month aged 103, will be honoured today with a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane before her funeral.
Forces’ sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has been projected on to the White Cliffs of Dover[/caption]
This final photo of the Forces’ Sweetheart was taken on VE Day this year and was released by her family[/caption]
They will soar over her home in Ditchling, East Sussex, as hundreds of mourners line the route to a crematorium in Brighton to pay tribute to her.
The private ceremony, with limited numbers due to coronavirus, will be followed at a later date by a full memorial service.
Just three months ago, the Queen made a reference to Dame Vera’s songs in her address to the nation about coronavirus lockdown, saying “we will meet again”.
In Vera’s last interview with The Sun, she told of her pride in Her Majesty using the lines from her famous song.
Speaking from her home in Ditchling, East Sussex, she told The Sun in April: “I watched the Queen’s speech which was wonderful, but I didn’t know that Her Majesty was going to finish up with the words, ‘We will meet again’.
“I have met the Queen on a number of occasions.
“You have to have something and someone that we can all look up to and rely on in times of trouble, and Her Majesty is that person.”
Her family confirmed the sad news in a statement on Thursday morning.
Dame Vera had continued to be in good health until the end of her life, and had continued giving interviews as recently as VE Day last month.
Vera pictured with the Queen at the Horse Guards Parade on National Commemoration Day in 2005[/caption]
The WW2 sweetheart will be honoured today with a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane before her funeral[/caption]
Vera was symbol of hope for Britain during one of its darkest hours in history[/caption]
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Vera was symbol of hope for Britain during one of its darkest hours in history – and instilled a spirit of optimism in the hearts of the nation.
In May, she urged the nation to “remember the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us”.
She added: “They left their families and homes to fight for our freedom and many lost their lives trying to protect us and our liberties.”
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