Men, women, workers, soldiers gather together with performers from schools and other grassroots organisations. It’s that time of that year that we remember and celebrate the independence of our nation. This year, the National Day Parade (NDP) returns once more to The Float@Marina Bay, turning the entire bay area into the focal point of celebration this August.
Commanders and soldiers work together as a team to prepare for one of Singapore’s biggest celebration event. “This year’s parade is the first time since 2007 that an NSman, 45-year-old Lieutenant Colonel (NS) Clarence Tan, has been selected to be the parade commander.” (Channel News Asia, 2012)
Being the focus point of the celebration, the Marina Bay transforms itself into a larger stage where partnering organisations such as Singapore Flyer, Young NTUC, HomeTeamNS and National Youth Council join in for locals and visitors to soak the joyous occasion.
Over at Singapore Flyer, renowned Singaporean artist, Akira Takahashi, has transformed Yeo’s Tetra drink packets into a stunning display recycled art with iconic landmarks on the Singapore map.
“The schools have also lead a fundraising effort – for every $1 donation made, the donor will be given a special Yeo’s sticker, to write or draw to express his love for Singapore on the art display. The donations raised will be channelled back to CDCs to support their welfare programmes for the needy.” (Singapore Flyer, 2012)
While at Singapore Flyer, go on a riveting ride with the latest 6D motion experience at XD Theater located at level 2 of their retail terminal. Introductory rate tickets go for $16 for adult and $14 for child and seniors. For more information, visit their website here.
Go behind the scenes and see how the parade unfolds, the Colour Guards will execute a detailed drill to uncase and case the national flag and other army flags on 4 August and 9 August. The uncasing of Colours will be between 5.25 pm to 5.50 pm and the casing will be between 7.30 pm to 7.50 pm (Note: timing may be subject to change).
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Singapore Flyer’s cutesy character, Furball and take photos with him on 9 August from 5 pm to 9 pm!
Hop over across the Marina Reservoir where HomeTeamNS joint forces with National Youth Council to organise National Day Celebrations @ Marina Bay Sands 2012. “Audiences young and old will be able to immerse themselves in the joyous atmosphere with an exciting family-themed carnival featuring an array of F&B booths, game stalls and stage performances” (HomeTeamNS, 2012).
There will be a “live” coverage on a large LED screen and the venue offers a magnificent view of the State Flag flypast, the aerial and naval displays, and the all-time crowd favourite – the fireworks finale. Those at the event will also get to experience a slice of NDP 2012 as they recite the National Pledge during the Pledge moment, together with City March contingents from the Float.
For the 6th year running, Young NTUC will be organizing the annual National Day celebrations on behalf of the Labour Movement. This flagship event has grown from strength to strength, from a turnout of 8,667 in 2007 to about 13,000 last year at the Padang.
This year, Young NTUC Celebrates! National Day 2012 will be held at The Promontory at Marina Bay. Participants be prepare to immersed in the biggest celebrations for our nation by getting entertained by talents from Young NTUC’s very own performing arts group – p.L.a.Y!, while enjoying the panoramic view of the fireworks along the waterfront promenade.
So, are you ready to come and celebrate everything that we love about Singapore?
“Loving Singapore, Our Home”!