Dame Vera Lynn honoured with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2016 Soldiering On Awards on Friday, 22 April 2016 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, London.
The Outstanding Contribution Award was given at the discretion of the charity’s trustees and recognises an individual or organisation whose achievements are considered remarkable and significant both to the Armed Forces Community and the wider community.
“We felt it appropriate to recognize Dame Vera Lynn for her contribution to our Armed Forces Community”, said Soldiering On Chairman Wing Commander Tal Lambert “She was the voice of home to thousands of men and women serving overseas during World War II and continued to support the wider community for decades to follow.”
The award was presented to Dame Vera by BBC Radio 2 announcer Jeremy Vine at her home a few days before the ceremony. When reflecting back on her wartime experience, Dame Vera said:
“Everybody wanted to do something to help during the war, and the best thing I knew how to do help was to go on singing!”
Accepting the award on the evening was her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Lewis Jones.
The Soldiering On Through Life Trust was established as a not-for-profit organisation to support Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the inspirational and outstanding achievements of teams or individuals through an annual awards ceremony.
The Soldiering On Awards: National recognition for the whole Armed Forces Community.