Vera Lynn (born March 20, 1917), widely known as the “Forces’ Sweetheart,” is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose musical recordings and performances were enormously popular during World War II. During the war, she toured Egypt, India and Burma, giving outdoor concerts for the troops. The songs most associated with her are “We’ll Meet Again,” “The White Cliffs of Dover,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England.” She remained popular after the war, appearing on radio and television in the UK and the United States and recording such hits as “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart.”
Now 99 years old, Vera Lynn might have plans to live until World War III. On a related note, “Vera” is a short song by Pink Floyd that appears on their 1979 album The Wall. The song is part of the classic rock opera that alludes to World War II, and the title is a reference to Vera Lynn. Pink Floyd are among my very favorite bands from my parents’ generation. Also, my very pregnant wife and I are expecting our second daughter any day now; Heidi is 39 1/2 weeks pregnant. By her own account, she’s either going to give birth really soon or we’re going to have a situation our hands not dissimilar to Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote.