Dame Vera Lynn holds a special place in the hearts of everyone in the UK for her wonderful, uplifting singing during the dark years of the Second World War. She travelled to many of the theatres of war, particularly the Far East, to support the fighting men she called “her boys”.
Together with Dame Vera’s family, Sir David Amess MP is launching a campaign for a permanent memorial to one of the most loved stars this country has produced.
The memorial will be sited on the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, immortalised in Vera’s most famous song, and will be a permanent reminder to future generations of what this marvellous lady accomplished and how much she was loved. The project has the backing of Dover MP Natalie Elphicke and Dover Council.
Sir David said “A memorial to this wonderful lady is long overdue and what better place to have it but on the White Cliffs of Dover. Dame Vera was an inspiration to every generation and her Children’s Charity will make sure that her legacy endures. I look forward to unveiling the memorial, which will be created by renowned sculptor Paul Day, with Dame Vera’s family.”
The memorial will be paid for by donations and public subscription and details of how to contribute will be published on Sir David’s YouTube page. A promotional video premiered on YouTube on 26th March. The video features contributions from Katherine Jenkins OBE, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Paul McCartney and Anthony Andrews.
In light of the public interest in the campaign for the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Statue Fund, the committee has decided to postpone the fundraising appeal and it is now the intention to proceed with the official launch on the anniversary of the death of Dame Vera, the 18th June.
To watch the campaign video on Sir David's YouTube account, use the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDM5zzMiA4g