Vera Lynn will join us singing 'We'll Meet Again' from home to mark VE Day

8 May 2020, 11:46 | Updated: 8 May 2020, 11:54

Dame Vera Lynn
Dame Vera Lynn. Picture: Getty

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

Dame Vera Lynn has confirmed that she will be joining the nation in a rousing chorus of 'We'll Meet Again' tonight.

Celebrating 75 years since VE Day, Dame Vera, 103, will be singing her famous song from her home in East Sussex straight after the Queen's Speech at 9pm.

Speaking to Sky News, the Forces' Sweetheart says she'll have "a glass of bubbles" waiting for her at the end of the song.

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The singing star became a beacon of hope for British soldiers during WWII when her song 'We'll Meet Again' became an anthem for those missing home.

The song has once again found popularity as a soundtrack for friends and families struggling with the difficulties of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dame Vera said that it is a "very worrying time for so many, whether it be professionally or personally or both"
however there has been "great sense of community and friendship return to our cities, towns and villages".

"Try and find the joy that remains even during these challenging times and do what you can to help each other," she added: "As always, keep smiling through."

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In a statement released earlier this week, Dame Vera addressed VE Day and the current coronavirus crisis, saying that VE Day was "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 added that the celebrations for the 75th anniversary will be unusual because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: Why do we celebrate VE Day?

"This year, we must commemorate this special anniversary apart," she said.

"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."