Video report by ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar
Dame Vera Lynn's image was projected on the white cliffs of Dover on Monday as part of her 100th birthday celebrations.
The 350ft image was projected onto the cliffs and Spitfires were due to fly overhead - although they were cancelled due to bad weather - to honour her famous 1942 song 'White Cliffs of Dover'.
The singer, affectionately known as The Forces' Sweetheart, also celebrated the release of her new album, Vera Lynn 100, on the day she becomes a centenarian.
Dame Vera became the oldest living artist to land a UK number one album in 2009, and it is believed she will become the first person to release a new album as a centenarian.
The album - which also marks the wartime singer's 93 years in the music industry - will also feature a previously unreleased version of Sailing in a surprise move, as it was not widely known she had recorded the track.
Dame Vera performed for British troops across the world during the Second World War, and often sung signature hits including 'We'll Meet Again' and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square'.
She said: "It is an unprecedented honour to have my birthday marked in such a beautiful way and I am truly thrilled by this wonderful gesture.
"As we look to the white cliffs on Monday, I will be thinking of all our brave boys - the cliffs were the last thing they saw before heading off to war and, for those fortunate enough to return, the first thing they saw upon returning home.
"I feel so blessed to have reached this milestone and I can't think of a more meaningful way to mark the occasion."
Stars pay tribute
The other day I was in the car and I suddenly found myself singing The White Cliffs Of Dover, and I began to cry.
Dame Vera, we've met a lot of times over microphones.
Dame Vera you are a complete star and congratulations. It's a wonderful, wonderful achievement.
You are, without doubt, a living legend. Congratulations.