NDP to get up close with audiences
SINGAPORE - The parade and ceremony for this year's National Day Parade will take a step closer to its audiences.
Marching out from the spectator gallery will be 140 servicemen from the Singapore Armed Forces and the Home Team, who will converge with the rest of the marching contingents on the floating platform at Marina Bay.
The routine, named the Commitment to Defence March, is "a visual representation" of the commitment of national servicemen to national defence, said the parade and ceremony's chairman, Colonel Roland Ng.
To commemorate 45 years of National Service, there will also be a special Salute to NS45 segment, where spectators will be treated to a land, sea and air display. More than 2,000 parade participants will also sing a specially composed song, A Nation's March, penned by Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSman) Syawaludin Kassim, a freelance musician.
Leading the parade will be Lieutenant-Colonel (NS) Clarence Tan, an entrepreneur and the fourth NSman appointed as parade commander.
The parade will see air force and navy personnel don their new combat uniforms. Perennial crowd-pleasers like Feu-de-Joie by the Guard-of-Honour will also be featured.
The parade will conclude with the Onward March, where 500 students from uniformed groups will march from the parade square to the spectator gallery. The 32 marching contingents will then go on the City March through the Marina Bay Sands' Waterfront Promenade to join Singaporeans gathered for the Pledge Moment.
By Ashley Chia
14 June 2012
The NDP will feature (from left) Parade Regimental Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Tamizh Kannan, Parade Commander Lieutanant-Colonel (NS) Clarence Tan and Colours Regimental Sergeant Major First Warrant Officer Pathmanaban S/O Pitchayia. Photo by OOI BOON KEONG