State Funeral held for former President S R Nathan

State Funeral held for former President S R Nathan

The funeral procession commenced at 2pm, passing landmarks of significance to Mr Nathan such as City Hall, Fullerton Hotel and NTUC Centre en route to the University Cultural Centre at National University of Singapore.

state flag draped over casket - nathan

SINGAPORE: The State Funeral for the late former President S R Nathan was held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) at National University of Singapore from 3pm to 5pm on Friday (Aug 26).

The procession commenced at 2pm, passing landmarks of significance to Mr Nathan such as City Hall, Fullerton Hotel and NTUC Centre en route to the UCC.

On Thursday, thousands of people said their goodbyes to Singapore's longest-serving president S R Nathan as his body lay in state.

The Funeral Service at UCC was attended by family members of the late Mr Nathan, the President of Singapore, the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, the judiciary and the diplomatic corps. Singaporeans from all walks of life were also invited to attend the service, the organising committee said.

Seven eulogies were delivered, including those by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Secretary-General at the National Trades Union Congress and Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing and Ambassador-at-Large Tommy Koh.

Mr Nathan, Singapore's sixth and longest-serving President, died at the age of 92 at the Singapore General Hospital on Monday, three weeks after suffering a stroke.

Scores of Mr Nathan's friends and colleagues attended a private wake at his house on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, tributes poured in at a site set up at the Istana for the public to honour him.

The state flag was draped over Mr Nathan's casket, the highest state honour given to a leader.

After the Funeral Service, Mr Nathan's cortege made its final journey to Mandai Crematorium for a private cremation service.

The State Funeral Service was broadcast ‘live’ over Channel 5, Channel 8, Suria, Vasantham and Channel NewsAsia from 2.15pm with full simulcasts on radio, www.channelnewsasia.com/rememberingsrnathan, and toggle.sg.


Source: CNA/mz

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