Chances are, you’re celebrating National Day a little differently this year. For one thing, you probably won’t head out early this Sunday (Aug 9) to scope out the perfect spot to catch the evening’s fireworks with your family.
If you’re opting to stay in and celebrate the nation’s 55th birthday at home with just your nearest and dearest, you can catch all the National Day Parade 2020 (NDP 2020) festivities on Mediacorp’s platforms, starting with the National Day Message at 10am.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will deliver the English address, followed by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat who will be speaking in Mandarin. Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli will speak in Malay and Minister for Communications & Information S Iswaran will deliver the message in Tamil.
The English broadcast will be on CNA, Channel 5 and CNA938, while the Mandarin one will be on Channel 8, Channel U and Capital 958. The Malay version will be aired on Suria and Warna 942, while the Tamil message will be available on Vasantham and Oli 968.
THE NDP 2020 MORNING PARADE
Right after that, viewers can sit back and enjoy the NDP 2020 Morning Parade at 10.20am, available on the same Mediacorp platforms.
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This year’s scaled down celebrations, with the theme "Together, A Stronger Singapore", pays tribute to frontline fighters, essential workers and community heroes for their resilience in the fight against COVID-19.
The parade features state colours, guard-of-honour contingents formed by the Singapore Army, Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF), together with a combined band from SPF and the Singapore Armed Forces.
President Halimah Yacob will review the parade, and in a very special highlight, Singaporeans can witness the Presidential Gun Salute being conducted at the Padang for the first time in NDP history.
The President will also lead the singing of the national anthem while the state flag is raised at the Padang and at flag-raising ceremonies across Singapore, in a symbol of unity to bring all Singaporeans together.
There will be traditional parade favourites, including the state flag flypast by the RSAF’s CH-47SD Chinook helicopter, escorted by two AH-64D Apache helicopters, as well as aerial display Red Lions and a mobile column in the heartlands.
THE NDP 2020 EVENING SHOW
Then there’s the NDP 2020 Evening Show to look forward to, coming to you live from The Star Performing Arts Centre at 7pm.
The event features a series of short films showcasing 31 stories, which will be interwoven with songs and performances by local artistes. The indoor show, another first for the NDP, is split into six acts through 11 interconnected performances.
The first act, titled “Our Singapore”, aims to evoke feelings of nostalgia through familiar sights and sounds.
The second and third acts, titled “When Things Change” and “Challenges We Face” respectively, will highlight the struggles faced this year, as well as how Singaporeans have had to adapt to meet these challenges head-on.
Acts four and five will showcase how ordinary Singaporeans have stepped up to support each other, and pay tribute to essential service workers and those at the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.
The final act, titled “A Stronger Singapore”, brings all the performers together, as we look forward to the future with optimism and the hope of emerging stronger from the current crisis as a nation.
Said filmmaker Royston Tan, the creative director for this year’s NDP: “2020 has not been rosy, but amidst the struggle, there have been incredible acts of kindness, resilience and unity, which we want to share with the rest of Singapore.”
The evening show will end off with a Pledge Moment at 8.20pm where every Singaporean is encouraged to recite the national pledge together. Right after is a Light Up Moment where you’re urged to attach red torch stickers from your Singapore Together pack onto your mobile phones to light up the night sky in a visual display of unity across the island.
And what better way to cap off our nation’s 55th birthday than with everyone’s favourite part of the parade – fireworks. This year, the fireworks display will be coordinated from multiple locations across the island.