“I still dream about those boys you know,” she says quietly.
stopped wondering how many of them actually made it home.
I wasn’t allowed to take my own camera with me to Burma but after I got
home all the boys started sending me their pictures. A lot found it hard
to speak about the war and I used to get lots of
letters from their families about that. Unless you experienced it you
had no idea what it was like.
That’s why it’s so important that schools teach children what it was all
about. So we never, ever forget.
I’d always tried to imagine I was
sitting at home by the fire, singing to people in the same room. But I
became a messenger, linking separated people.
It is very
humbling that people still refer to me as the Forces Sweetheart. I just
saw it as my duty to keep on singing. I thought that tag would disappear
after the war and I’d just be another singer.
The best thing was being able to chat to the boys. I’d go round the
casualty tents, sit on beds and hold their hands. Some
used to get quite upset. Many had been away for six years and I
reminded them of their sisters, their sweethearts, their wives – the
home life they were fighting for.
I was in the air and the news came over.
We all gave a cheer and said, ‘Well, that’s it. It’s all over’ and had a
glass of champagne. But I remember wondering how many of the boys I’d
been singing too had missed out too. So many of them never came home.”
Happy 99th Birthday to the Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn! (March 20th 1917)
English singer and actress Dame Vera Lynn celebrates her 100th birthday on March 20, 2017. To mark the occasion, she has released a new album on March 17, 2017, making her the oldest person to release a new album.
Dame Vera is best known for her 1939 hit song We’ll Meet Again. In 2009, at age 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums Chart.
“You’ll always be my lily of the lamplight. My own dear Roderich.”
Lily of the Lamplight has got to be my favourite George deValier fic. A scene in Chapter 1, where Gilbert sees Roderich in Berlin for the first time. I was listening to Vera Lynn songs this entire time my heart hurts.
I tried to incorporate everything I learnt from last term’s classes– Mainly focal points and controlling values and hues. Most of all it’s nice to be able to paint stuff that you feel moved by. :)