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A human flag, formed by Bedok residents and an infantry unit

National Servicemen from 755SIR joined in the singing of the National Anthem with residents and students at the eighth second of 8am on Friday (Aug 8).

SINGAPORE: As Singapore celebrates its 49th birthday on Saturday, Labour chief Lim Swee Say, has urged the nation to continue working together, creating opportunities and taking care of the country's senior citizens. 

Mr Lim, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, said this at the National Day celebrations in Bedok on Friday morning (Aug 8). 

The National Service Infantry Unit named the Singapore Army's best - 755th Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment (755SIR) - joined Bedok residents to form a human flag, as part of the morning's celebrations. 

Organised by the Bedok Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) and Youth Executive Committee, 1,000 residents and students from Bedok partnered the National Servicemen to form the flag at the open space between Block 15 and 18, Bedok South Road.

Those present also sang the National Anthem at the eighth second of 8am.

"Forming a human state flag and singing together gives our residents a community bonding experience while showing their patriotism," said Mr Nicholas Sim, Chairman of Bedok Community Centre's Youth Executive Committee.

Mr Lim Swee Say also addressed the crowd, saying Singapore has made significant improvements in taking care of its pioneer generation.

"In the last 12 months, we've made significant improvements in taking care of our pioneer generation, when we came up with this Pioneer Generation Package. This is a strong illustration that once we decide to do something, we can make it happen,” Mr Lim said. “Let us continue to pledge to work together as one country.”

He added: "Let us make sure we take even better care of our senior citizens, our pioneer generation. Let us work together to create more opportunities so that every Singaporean adult can pursue their dreams and most importantly, let's continue to provide the best education, the best environment for our next generation to grow up."