SINGAPORE: Singapore marks 55 years of independence on Sunday (Aug 9). CNA broadcast Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day message, where he urged Singaporeans to unite and be resilient in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. His televised message was followed by the morning portion of the National Day Parade at the Padang and across the heartlands.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, tributes to frontline and essential workers featured heavily in the parade. The event is a smaller affair, split into morning and evening segments and with fewer than 300 participants for each portion.
Traditional favourites for the parade such as the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) flypast involving F-15SG fighter planes, the state flag flypast and the mobile column made their way through the heartlands so people could catch a glimpse of them in their neighbourhoods as well.
The F-15SG flypast:
The state flag flypast:
The mobile column featuring hardware and other assets from the Singapore Armed Forces, the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force:
The evening's events will be capped off with fireworks in several locations: Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Buona Vista, Jurong Lake Gardens, Marina Reservoir, Punggol, Sembawang, Tampines, Woodlands and Yew Tee.