- POSTED: 02 Aug 2014 22:55
- UPDATED: 04 Aug 2014 12:30
Thousands caught a preview of this year's National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Saturday evening (August 2).
SINGAPORE: Thousands caught a preview of this year's National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Saturday evening (August 2).
Saturday may just be a preview of the actual parade, but the excitement and energy there is palpable. This year, the fireworks display will not just light up the sky but the waters of Marina Bay too, which really dazzled the crowd. Following the ever-popular showcase of Singapore's military might in the dynamic defence display, it was one big pop concert at the Marina Bay Floating Platform on Saturday.
But as much as the parade is a colourful celebration of the nation's birthday, the show also celebrates Singaporeans who face challenges and their determination to overcome the odds. Their stories formed an important part of the parade, and one of them was navy serviceman Jason Chee, who lost his limbs in a horrific work accident in 2012.
Mr Chee said: "I'm not a person who easily gives up. I want to fulfil the goals that I want to do. I'm a soldier in the navy and they taught me to have good determination, fighting spirit. So I use these core values because I want to do well for my life, and I want to protect the country. I love my country so much."
Another was ex-offender Sarbir Singh, who was jailed for gang-related offences, but turned his life around and plans to apply for law school after serving National Service. Mr Singh told Channel NewsAsia about the advice he had received from Attorney-General VK Rajah.
Mr Singh, Law and Management student at Temasek Polytechnic, said: "Not everyone is given a great hand of cards to play with. Some are given better, some are given worse. At the end of the day, it's how you use your best cards to your advantage. Everyone has their strengths within them. It's about being focused on what you're setting out to achieve and to keep working towards it."