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In pictures: Singapore celebrates National Day, with a nod to COVID-19 frontliners

In pictures: Singapore celebrates National Day, with a nod to COVID-19 frontliners

The crowd gathering at a field near Sengkang Hospital looks on as a member of the Red Lions makes an approach to land safe and sound. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)

SINGAPORE: Thousands of residents lined the streets of Singapore on Sunday (Aug 9), as the country marked 55 years of independence. 

There were plenty of treats for spectators in the heartlands, with the Red Lions team parachuting onto fields near Sengkang General Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Several roads were closed as the mobile column passed through heartland estates. Wearing masks and waving handheld flags, the spectators lined the streets of their neighbourhood to catch a glimpse of the vehicles. 

There were also loud cheers for the frontline and essential workers from various sectors who were on board the vehicles.

READ: Healthcare workers saluted as National Day Parade comes to the heartlands

The Republic of Singapore Air Force's F-15SG fighter jets soared across the island on Sunday morning - passing hospital landmarks - as a nod to frontliners in the fight against COVID-19.

The Padang also played host to a different type of National Day Parade this year, one that was downsized amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ: 'We will need this unity and resilience more than ever’ in fight against COVID-19, says PM Lee in National Day message


Later in the afternoon, people were seen out and about at parks around Singapore. Some were sporting National Day emblems while others wore outfits with a mix of red and white.

Here's a look at the day in pictures: ​​​​​​

A member of the Red Lions carrying the Singapore flag, coming in for a landing near Sengkang General Hospital as a salute to healthcare workers. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
The Red Lions landed at a grass field near Sengkang General Hospital just after 9am. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)

The Red Lions paratroopers giving each other a high-five after executing a smooth landing on a field near Sengkang General Hospital. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Singapore's first and only woman member of the Red Lions, Second Warrant Officer Shirley Ng waving back to her audience after she landed near Sengkang General Hospital as part of celebrations for Singapore's National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Spectators at a grass field near Sengkang General Hospital, awaiting the arrival of the Red Lions on Singapore's National Day on 9 Aug, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Members of the public getting a wefie with one of the Red Lions at Sengkang. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
The National Day Parade at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Guard of Honour contingents participating in the National Day Parade at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Frontline workers watching the National Day Parade at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
A frontline worker watching the National Day Parade at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
President Halimah Yacob attends NDP celebrations at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
President Halimah Yacob speakiong to a frontline worker during NDP celebrations at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong leaving the National Day Parade at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat attends NDP celebrations at the Padang on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
The state flag fly-past over the Padang during NDP celebrations on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)
F-15SGs fly in formation past Sengkang General Hospital. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
A mobile column drives through Mountbatten Road as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
A mobile column driving through Commonwealth Ave West as part of events for Singapore's National Day celebrations on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
Residents gather near Sengkang General Hospital to watch a mobile column drive past as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Residents gather along Commonwealth Avenue West to watch an NDP mobile column drive past as part of celebrations for Singapore's National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
An SAF personnel saluting onlookers as the mobile column drives past Sengkang General Hospital as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
A mobile column drives along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
A mobile column driving through New Upper Changi Road as part of events for Singapore's National Day celebrations on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
An SAF personnel waving the Singapore flag as the mobile column drives through New Upper Changi Road as part of events for Singapore's National Day celebrations on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)

A mobile column drives through Mountbatten Road as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Try Sutrisno Foo)
A mobile column drives along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
A mobile column drives along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Healthcare workers sitting in a Singapore Army armoured vehicle passing through Sengkang as part of the mobile column segment of the National Day Parade on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
SAF personnel peering through the windshield of their vehicle to wave at onlookers as they ride along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
The mobile column drives along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 as part of celebrations for National Day on Aug 9, 2020. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)
Source: CNA/ts(mi)

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