British singer from World War II Vera Lynn, died in her East Sussex home at the age of 103, on Thursday, according to the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.
The singer lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, England and died Thursday morning in the company of her close family and friends.
Vera Lynn was the first English singer to be named number one in the American music charts. Her song “We’ll Meet Again” was released at the start of World War II in 1939 and was one of her most famous songs. Lynn’s songs created a patriotic image of bravery and courage for Britain that people resonate with even today.Also Read- Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Having a Rough Relationship?
Virginia Lewis-Jones said about her mother, “My mother first became involved in raising awareness of cerebral palsy in the 50s when there was very little understanding of the condition and children who suffered from motor learning difficulties were often referred to rather pejoratively as ‘spastic’.”
“Along with celebrity chums including David Jacobs and Wilfred Pickles, she set out to change people’s attitudes towards the disability and help children reach their full potential. There was no one else raising funds to help at that time, so it was groundbreaking work.”
“Although my mother was closely associated with other charities, not least those supporting veterans, the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity always held a very special place in her heart — the children loved her as much as she loved them and I’m extremely proud of what it has achieved and the difference it has made to so many families’ lives.”
Her family confirmed her death and said they are, “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.”
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The Prime Minister also commented on the singer’s death, “Dame Vera Lynn’s charm and magical voice entranced and uplifted our country in some of our darkest hours. Her voice will live on to lift the hearts of generations to come.”