A campaign for a memorial to Forces' Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn has been given government support.
Three sites on Dover's White Cliffs have been proposed for the £1.5m memorial overlooking the English Channel.
Fundraising is due to begin on 18 June, on the first anniversary of Dame Vera's death at the age of 103.
Culture minister Matt Warman told MPs he "looks forward" to the day when a statue is in place.
Mr Warman said it was "not normal practice" for central government to fund new memorials but he highlighted the work of organisations in delivering such monuments.
He said he could think of "few more fitting recipients" of such support.
Southend West Conservative MP Sir David Amess, a friend of Dame Vera's family, led an adjournment debate in the House of Commons calling for the project to go ahead.
Mr Warman pointed out that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was "as much as a fan" as Sir David of "the great Dame Vera".
"I wish [Sir David] and all those involved the deepest, best wishes in their efforts to raise funds for this commemoration to Dame Vera.
"It sounds like an ambitious and transformative proposal for the south coast, truly befitting Dame Vera."
The National Trust site in the North Downs is immortalised in one of Dame Vera's most famous songs, The White Cliffs Of Dover.
The singer, who lived in Ditchling in East Sussex and whose songs helped raise morale in World War Two, was best known for performing hits such as We'll Meet Again to the troops.