NDP to feature tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

There will be a tribute segment dedicated to Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at this year's National Day Parade, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday.

Mr Lee, who died on March 23 at the age of 91, had attended every single National Day Parade since the first in 1966.

So, "as a mark of remembrance, his empty seat will be among us as we watch the show at the Padang," Dr Ng wrote in a Facebook post.

"All of us wished that Mr Lee Kuan Yew could be here to celebrate NDP2015 with all Singaporeans. It would have made it so special, the culmination of his life's work," he wrote.

"But it was not to be. We have to move on, as Mr Lee would want us to."

This year's show, which celebrates Singapore's 50th year of independence, will still adopt a celebratory tone to reflect the Republic's progress and achievements, he added.

The theme of the Aug 9 show is Majulah Singapura, the title of the National Anthem, which in Malay means "onward Singapore".

The main show will be at the Padang and it will be coupled with a bayside show at The Float @ Marina Bay.

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