- POSTED: 09 Aug 2014 16:09
- UPDATED: 09 Aug 2014 23:03
The celebrations kicked off with residents singing the national anthem and reciting the pledge, and culminated in a cake-cutting ceremony.
SINGAPORE: Some 1,200 Ang Mo Kio residents celebrated the nation's birthday early on Saturday morning (Aug 9), with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joining them at Chong Boon Secondary School for his Teck Ghee ward's National Day observance ceremony.
National Day for these residents started on a patriotic note with the national anthem and pledge. They were also treated to an array of performances by students from various schools in the vicinity including an Indian yoga dance, a hip-hop number and an unique drill by National Cadet Corps students. The residents then sang together, belting out crowd favourites such as Home and 'Di Tanjong Katong'.
This occasion marked the first time some of the younger participants were taking parting in the celebrations with the prime minister. "I feel very proud to say the pledge in front of our PM, Mr Lee, and I'm very, very proud of Singapore that we made it through this 49 years, said Flavian Ho, a Primary Four student at Townsville Primary.
Anarkin, a Primary Two student also from Townsville said: "I love Singapore because of the delicious food and my friends and family live here," while R Divyasri, a Primary Five student said he loved Singapore because of it's multiculturalism: "If you go to a school, you can see Chinese, Malays, everybody together."
The event culminated in a cake-cutting ceremony, complete with a birthday song, with Mr Lee doing the honours by blowing out the candles.