Singapore celebrates 49th anniversary

Singapore – Over 27,000 spectators in Singapore joined the National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform to celebrate the country’s 49th birthday on Saturday.

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also attended the ceremony.

Themed “Our People, Our Home,” the parade, which started at about 5:40 p.m. local time, was kicked off by a military band display. And when Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father and former prime minister made his appearance, the audiences burst into big applause.

The highlight of this year’s parade goes to the Red Lions parachute team. The crowd cheered when nine parachutists plunged from 10,000 feet to land on the floating platform. This traditional program was canceled last year due to unsuitable weather.

The parade also features performances of Singapore’s army, navy, air force and police force and was wrapped up by a show party which turned the whole platform into a colorful stage. Source: Xinhua