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National Service - The Beginning

On 9th August 1968, the pioneer batch of national servicemen debuted at the National Day Parade. For the first time, the public saw their sons and brothers march at the Padang despite a heavy downpour. The men share their first-hand account of the day it rained on our parade.
National Service - The Beginning

National Service - The Beginning - S1E8: NS According to the Pioneers: National Day Parade 1968

18 Dec 2017 01:45am
On 9th August 1968, the pioneer batch of national servicemen debuted at the National Day Parade. For the first time, the public saw their sons and brothers march at the Padang despite a heavy downpour. The men share their first-hand account of the day it rained on our parade.

National Service - The Beginning

About the show:

2017 marks the 50th year of national service in Singapore. To commemorate this journey of service, Channel NewsAsia presents a two-part special to tell the story of how a fledgling nation built a citizen’s army from scratch, and its evolution into a modern-day institution powered by cutting-edge technology. Through personal stories of the pioneers and dramatic reconstructions, NATIONAL SERVICE: THE BEGINNING shows the first batch from the day they received their enlistment letters, to the notorious training methods and food, and the historic National Day parade in 1968 - where they stood before a grateful nation. In NATIONAL SERVICE: THE TRANSFORMATION, we fast-forward to 2017 Singapore. We delve into the evolution of national service and understand how we are making the switch from jungle to urban warfare.   Through it all, we come to see national service as a shared experience that has bound hundreds of thousands of Singaporean men over five decades. 

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