SINGAPORE: More than 850 participants from youth uniformed groups as well as social and economic organisations will return en masse to the National Day Parade (NDP) this year, marching in-person for the first time since 2019, said the NDP executive committee on Thursday (Jun 23).
They are part of about 2,000 participants at this year’s parade, which will feature 37 physical and virtual marching contingents.
This year’s parade and ceremony, as well as total defence display segments, will be combined and renamed as Strength of Our Nation, stated the committee.
The segment will “commemorate the strength and commitment of Singaporeans from both the military and civilian sectors in defending Singapore”, as well as “rally Singaporeans to build a better future together through all facets of total defence”.
The parade will also pay tribute to all past and current national servicemen, in celebration of 55 years of National Service (NS55). This portion recognises their sacrifices, and support from their families and employers, added the committee.
“In the course of (the COVID-19 pandemic), many Singaporeans often went beyond the call of duty, went the extra mile to help our fellow Singaporeans, making sure that no Singaporeans are left behind,” said chairman of the parade and ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Anthony Lau.
“And it’s this spirit, the Singapore Spirit, that has helped Singapore to grow in strength to strength the last few years.”
HYBRID PERFORMANCES AT PARADE AND CEREMONY
Commanded by operationally ready national serviceman LTC Desmond Fu, the parade will also bring back the military tattoo.
This comprises a hybrid physical and virtual performanc...