Britain is currently mourning the death of celebrated wartime sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, who died at the age 103.
Lynn who was known for her morale-boosting songs which gave up to the troops and many citizens during the Second World War, passed away surrounded by her family Thursday morning, June 18.
indafrica.com learnt that the much-loved singer will forever be remembered for her ‘magical voice’ and risking her own life to visit troops during the war.
Oh no…. what terribly sad news.
Dame Vera Lynn has died, aged 103. A magnificent woman who rallied our country when we most needed it.
The Forces sweetheart.
The Nation's sweetheart.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 18, 2020
Dame Vera became a symbol of freedom for the men often thousands of miles from home and songs such as We’ll Meet Again and The White Cliffs of Dover, gave them hope in their darkest hours that they would one day return to their loved ones in Britain.
Following her death, Prince Charles and Boris Johnson led public tributes to the Forces’ Sweetheart. According to Daily Mail, the Queen will also send a private message of condolence to the family of Lynn.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dame Vera Lynn at the age of 103. We thank Dame Vera for her invaluable contribution to the world, and for the joy and warmth she has spread to so many through her music and charitable causes. Keep smiling and keep singing. pic.twitter.com/BQMFvRy91P
— Dame Vera Lynn (@VeraLynnDecca) June 18, 2020
Dame Vera married Harry Lewis, a musician, in 1941 after meeting him in 1939 and the couple had one child, Virginia, who was born in 1946.
Harry died in 1988 and Vera lived next door to her daughter in Ditchling, Sussex. She is said to have been by her mother’s side when she died.
Her family in a statement expressed sadness over the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103. They added: ” Dame Vera Lynn passed away earlier today, surrounded by her close family. Further information regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date”