This is his country, this is his happiness
With the energy of a teenager, retiree Lee Ling Suah, 63, proudly waved a Singapore flag and sang along to songs like Count On Me, Singapore.
He said: "I couldn't be happier to be here. I've been trying to get tickets to a National Day Parade for so long.
"I can't even remember how many times I've tried. I'm just glad I made it to one especially since I'm getting older."
When asked which part of the parade he liked best, he said without missing a beat: "The sing-a-long sessions!"
Mr Lee, who was there with his wife, son and grandson, said of the parade: "It felt like I was part of a big family. We were all so united - whether we were Malay, Indian or Chinese. It was very heart-warming."
He added that Singapore has changed a lot in the past 50 years.
"I used to live near Old Kallang Road where there were gangsters. It was a dangerous time. Now the country is so safe. I'm very proud to be Singaporean."