The singing voice of Great Britain during World War II, Dame Vera Lynn is one hundred years old. The Sweetheart of the Forces, she was tireless in her performances for the troops during World War II, and the veterans of that conflict have always held her in high esteem. Contrary to the usual dismal history of the entertainment industry, she enjoyed a life long love affair with her one and only husband until he died in 1998. Throughout her long life she has championed disabled servicemen and disabled kids. She is a living refutation of the falsehood that the good die young.
Something for the weekend. I cannot leave our loyal readers with only the caterwauling of Nero/Ustinov as their musical treat for the weekend. My oldest son recently graduated from high school and Pomp and Circumstance, as usual, was played. In England they have the patriotic song Land of Hope and Glory set to the same tune. Here it is sung by the legendary Vera Lynn, whose unforgettable voice did so much to keep up the spirit of the British forces during WWII that she was acclaimed as the Sweetheart of the British Forces, a title which has recently passed to the Welsh songstress Katherine Jenkins for her tireless efforts to entertain the British troops serving in Afghanistan. Continue Reading