Dame Vera Lynn issues special message to the people of Sussex ahead of VE Day

Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has issued a special message to the people of Sussex ahead of VE Day celebrations.

The 103-year-old national treasure, who lives in Ditchling, East Sussex, said: “VE day is one of the most important days in our nation’s history.

“It marks the day when freedom returned across Europe, and when peace was restored after the most difficult of times.

“As we commemorate 75 years since Victory in Europe, we must all remember the brave boys and what they sacrificed for us... they left their families and homes to fight for our freedom, and many lost their lives trying to protect us and our liberties.

Dame Vera Lynn at 103. Photo by Susan Fleet

“This year, we must commemorate this special anniversary apart.

“I hope that VE Day will remind us all that hope remains even in the most difficult of times and that simple acts of bravery and sacrifice still define our nation as the NHS works so hard to care for us.

“Most of all, I hope today serves as a reminder that however hard things get, we will meet again.”

Dame Vera Lynn boosted the nation’s morale during the darkest days of World War Two.

Dame Vera Lynn at her home in Ditchling aged 97 years. Picture: Steve Robards

She provided hope and reassurance for Allied troops and families.

She has also been honoured countless times in her lifetime for her services to entertainment and charity.

Her wartime classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’ has soared on iTunes during the coronavirus pandemic.

The song is one of the nation’s most memorable and morale-boosting hits, sustaining Britons through the wartime years.

Dame Vera Lynn with her daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones

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