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Dame Vera Lynn DBE
Dame Vera Lynn DBE kindly became our patron in 2008. We are still delighted about that. The foreword of our first book, published in October 2008, was written by Dame Vera too.
We can think of no better person to be our patron, a lady whose example of kindess, care and empathy for our troops has been so strikingly evident for well over 50 years. We can do no better than to quote her lovely introduction to our book.
"Through my own experiences in talking with the boys and girls about their thoughts on war and how they felt about going into action many would just shrug; "it's what we are trained to do" they would say. For most their thoughts are so personal, and even for the most articulate often difficult to put into words without aggrandizement. Yet through poetry they express themselves with absolute clarity, deep feeling and simplicity. I only have to read the poem "In Flanders Field" by Lt Col John McCrae or Kipling's "Tommy" to fully appreciate and be thankful for the beauty of Forces Poetry. To see this tradition still flourishing in the fertile minds of today's young men and women of our armed forces is gratifying and humbling. They leave us such a precious legacy which is matched by their courage, honour and duty. We must never forget them".