Singer lights up British hearts again

"We'll meet again," Dame Vera Lynn had sung in 1939, in a popular melody that struck a chord with British soldiers going off to fight in World War II.

Nearly eight decades later, the world got to meet her again - in grand style, too, on the occasion of the musical icon's 100th birthday on Monday.

An enormous image of her as a young woman was projected onto the White Cliffs of Dover in southern England. It was an unprecedented honour that left her truly thrilled, said the British singer.

The world-famous cliffs were the subject of a song of hers in 1942.

Known as the "forces' sweetheart", Dame Vera is remembered for travelling to places such as Egypt, India and Burma to boost soldiers' morale with her tunes.

Her passion for her craft is still evident. Three days before her birthday, she released Vera Lynn 100, a new album which includes some of her hits set to new arrangements.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2017, with the headline 'Singer lights up British hearts again'. Print Edition | Subscribe