National Day Celebrations is always about the people, even more so for Singapore whose strength and spirit of the people is really key to our progress. It is this strength in unity that National Day Parade (NDP) 2017 aims to rally Singaporeans from all walks of life to stand together and uphold Singapore’s sovereignty, defence and security.
Key to our nation’s defence and security are the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting Singapore around the clock 24/7. These men and women of our defence and security force not only protect us but they do it with 100% commitment and pride. Take for example, the flying of the National Flag during the National Day Parade – a highlight that never fails to give me goose bumps – to see my country’s flag flying high while the national anthem is being sung.
“The Flag Must Fly”:
Although the flying of the flag lasts a mere few seconds, the men and women of The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) Squadron 127 (SQN127) do not take this responsibility lightly. This squadron is responsible for preparing the national flag from fold to flight. Recently, during an exclusive media preview, I had the privilege to interview some of the men involved in prepping the flag for the fly past. Their teamwork and unwavering commitment moved me as I witnessed firsthand how they go about their duty to fly high the flag of Singapore!
Watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video highlight of the NDP2017 flag fly past:
Tribute to NS50:
One of the main arms of our defence is our National Service (NS). In conjunction with NDP 2017, the Parade and Ceremony (P&C) component will commemorate 50 years of National Service (NS50) with a special tribute to National Servicemen. We can look forward to never-before seen features in National Day Celebration 2017 which include:
• Having an Operationally-Ready National Service men (NSman) – Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)(NS) Lim Wee Tee command the entire parade as a tribute to NSmen in Singapore
• Largest feature of security and military assets (e.g. vehicles and machineries) in NDP history
• Five (yes, 5!) RSAF F15SG line-up doing the signature bomb burst aerial salute. 2 of the F15Sg are flown by NSmen pilots
• Largest military tattoo performance in NDP history with 170 performers from the Combined Band and Silent Precision Drill Squad
• Bagpipers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) Women Police Pipes and Drums
Other Special Features of NDP2017:
• Return of the high intensity D3 segment after a 2-year hiatus. Here the most advanced weaponry and assets used to safeguard Singapore as well as the men and women who operate them.
• These security assets include UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and customized vehicle specially commissioned to protect Singapore’s dense urban landscape. Showcase of Singapore’s whole-of-government and community approach in safeguarding Singapore from against terrorism and other security threats.
• 2000 participants from 31 marching contingents pay special tributes to NSmen and their families.
• The military tattoo will also be forming 6 fun and dynamic transformations including the Merlion and the Singapore Skyline among others.
Traditional NDP Favourites:
Traditional favourites which dazzle the crowd are not forgotten. Such as:
• State Flag Fly-past by the RSAF Chinook accompanied by two AH-64D Apache helicopters
• 21-gun Presidential salute
• The Feu-de-Joie
Join the celebration…even before National Day:
Singaporeans from all walks of life can join in the celebration even before 9th August 2017. Simply tag photos and well wishes, reflections or stories via NDP social media platforms such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/ndpeeps), Instagram (@ndpeeps_2017) and Twitter (@NDPeeps) with the following hashtags: #OneNationTogether, #NDP2017, #NDP17, #SG52.
For more info on NDP 2017, visit www.ndp.org.sg or download the official NDPeeps mobile app from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: WIN NDP TICKETS AND FUN PACKS!
In celebration of National Day 2017, we have 8 NDP Preview Tickets and 4 Funpacks to be given away to our loyal readers! Specifically, 2 winners will walk away with a family pack of 4 tickets each and the next 2 winners will walk away with 2 funpacks each!
To participate in the giveaway, simply follow these steps:
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2. Like Life’s Tiny Miracles’ FB Page
Complete the other mandatory steps in this online widget:
The giveaway ends Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.59pm and is only open to readers residing in Singapore. The winner will be contacted using the email address provided when entering this draw and will have 72 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn.
All entries will be verified before the winner is announced, incomplete and unverified entries will be disqualified. Please note that all Facebook and Instagram accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no authentic posts or very few real friends) will be disqualified. All the best!
Jessica Lim says
wish to bring the kids to ndp to experience.
Liked and shared. Hope to win tickets for my family and I to watch the NDP preview. Thanks for organising the contest!
Grace Seow says
Every year, my family and I look forward to the marching contingents showcase by the military and the civilians. Seeing how they marched with pride into the platform always made me feel very touched and overwhelming. At the moment, i always have the “This is my country” feeling flooding towards me.
My wish for Singapore this National Day is that everyone of us to stay united and not let our differences divide us. We have come so far and the best is yet to be for Singapore!
Thanks for the giveaway. I wish to win to bring my son to ndp. He enjoyed watching on the tv
Nice!!!! Hope I can win some tickets and my mom can finally experience NDP on ground!
Thanks for the Give Away!
My family never has the chance to attend any NDP. Really hope to win and to have a great experience in celebration with whole nation.
Janice Ng says
Hope to win this tickets during my soon to be 5 years old to know and understand what national day feels like when watching live.
And to be grateful that we live is a safe and protected country.
Priscilla Quek says
We are really looking forward to watch the Dynamic Defence Display at NDP2017 this year since it is also NS50. Reuel is particularly excited because he loves army tanks ever since the army open house and this will also be his first parade too! We can’t wait to roar with our fellow Singaporeans!
My wish for Singapore is for a deeper sense of tolerance of different races and vigilance in our current political climate. I believe if we can educate and share our values of tolerance and unity, our younger generations will have a safer and brighter future ahead.
Kathy Quek says
We are looking forward to watch the Dynamic Defence Dsiplay at NDP2017 as it was so good at Army Open House yet we missed it due to my girl falling sick.
My wish for Singapore is to continue to stand strong and we all should play a part in maintaining the peace and safety here.
Would love to bring my boys to see the parade and fireworks!
I wish for wisdom for our leaders to lead the country in these tumultous times.
Juliana Toh says
Our family looks forward to the State Flag fly-past while singing the National Anthem and The Feu-de-Joie, very traditional NDP favourites.
Our wish for Singapore’s 52nd birthday is to stay safe, stay prosperous and stay harmonious like we have done for the last 52 years.
I attended NDP once when I was in Secondary School… The atmosphere was electrifying… My heart literally swelled with pride during the parade especially when we recite our pledge.
I hope my kids can experience the same thing as I did.. For me, the highlights of NDP are the pledge, songs and of course the fireworks. Our wish for Singapore is to stay prosperous and peaceful, a ideal place where I choose to stay on to rear my kids and hope they will too.
Ruby Lee says
The most exciting moment of NDP that my kids love is the fireworks display! My boy, bring a boy, loves anything to do with the army. From the mega tanks, to the helicopters display. For my hubby and I, we will never want to miss out on the marching contingents!
My wish for Singapore is that we will have peace and harmony.
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Alvin Koe says
My family always look forward to the Red Lions parachute aerial display. Always envious of the tough personnel whom made these jumps look so easy. Hope our Nation will become economically strong again soon…….
Florence Lim says
NDP to me is like 4 July to Americans, a day to be proud of one’s country, of how far we have come & how far we would go by standing together & working towards common goals. All my 40 years of life in Singapore, I have always look forward to attending the NDP, from queuing for tickets in my teens till early twenties (& spending quality time with my mum once while we queued together overnite). It would mean so much to be able to do the same with my kids & hand down a tradition that I hope to last as long as Singapore stand united.
Oh! The numerous times I’ve entered to ballot for tickets and been unsuccessful. We don’t have a TV say home, and watching NDP on an iPad just doesn’t quite cut it. I’ve even taken kids to visit a friend’s place to watch one year’s parade!
I remember watching an NDP parade with my parents when I was very young. The excitement and sense of belonging was very intense. It would be an experience for my kids and us as a family!
Dominique Goh says
Liked and shared this post also. The kids and I have yet to have such a celebration so hope to be able to experience this with them. We want Singapore to be safe and prosperous and better living for all the citizerns.
Wendy Leong says
We look forward to the fireworks at the National Day’s celebration.
My wish for Singapore is stay harmonious and strive for competitive nation.
Yin Xiu says
My boys are always looking forwards to see the parachutes and fireworks. Also enjoy singing to the various National day songs. Everyday we have been balloting for the tickets but never once got it. Really hope to bring them there to watch the parade live before their eyes and experience the excitement where different races come together and united as one nation, one Singapore!=)
Wishing Singapore Happy 52th Birthday!! May she continue to grow strong and prosperous with peace and harmony among all the races.
Debs G says
I love watching the March-past – and the flybys are always a family favourite. I’m wishing that Singapore will continue to have responsible and selfless leaders who will not be afraid of change.
Went NDP with hub many years back when we were still dating… and now that we have a little one who’s old enough to appreciate, would be a great experience to go again!
Gloria Liu says
I hope to bring my 3 kids to watch NDP. My oldest will love the performance and talks. My 2nd will love all the tank, police car and performance. My 3rd will love the singing and dancing. It will be a wonderful experience for them. Our future generation.
My wish is for singapore to prosper and stay safe for our next generation:)
Thanks for the awesome giveaway ❤
Choo Poh Heok says
I hope to enjoy the celebration of My Homeland’s bdae with my family and fellow citizens. It is and will always be a great enjoyment for us and would live to be part of this big celebration.
Wish Singapore to continue to Prosper and safe for all to live in. We will be strong to defend our country against all threats.
jaime chan says
i hope to bring the family for the parade as it is a heartwarming occasion. I hope the matter on 38 oxley is resolved so that the government and leaders can spend their time at more pressing issues.
Chew Junfen says
Liked and shared!
Hope to bring my boys to experience NDP. My boys loved the fireworks n the atmosphere at the NDP!
Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
Carrie Jingfang says
We look forward to the State Flag Fly-past by the RSAF Chinook accompanied by two AH-64D Apache helicopters. We areso proud to see the flag fly past. We also look forward to 21-gun Presidential salute. Last but not least, the fireworks!
We have not been to NDP to watch it “Live in action” before. So I hope to bring my children there to let them experience the atmosphere.
Our wish for Singapore is to be safe and peaceful to live in. Every one of us is living in harmony. As one Nation.
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Jazry Chan says
I wish for racial harmony for Singapore forever. My kids asked every year to attend but we never had the chance (actually i’ve been trying for past 30years but no luck). Hope to join the celebration in ndp parade!
Celin cheang says
My boys always looking forward to watch ndp on live but every year we unable to ballot successful for the tickets. Hopefully to bring them go on live and celebrate singapore birthday as united as one!
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Leslie Lim Shao Hong says
I wish to pamper my parents and have a chance to watch this Singapore biggest and most important nation day event.
Venicia Tay says
This year NDP is backed to Floating Platform where my family is looking forwards to see the mobile column, red lions and fireworks.
Happy 52th Birthday, Singapore. Hereby, wishing you properous with peace and harmony in this uncertainty world and economy. We love you.
Hope to win to enjoy the fabulous show put up by the NDP committee and have a happy family bonding session.
My family looks forward to the fireworks! It’s always so spectacular and different during NDP.
My wish is for sg to stay United and respect one another.
Sally Tang says
Hope to win this to bring my family to experience NDP! My wish for Singapore is to remain united, peaceful and safe!
Wish my kids could watch this year
Evelyn Lee says
So many uncertainties in the world now and let alone we live in such a small country. But I am proud to live in Singapore and always tells my children to be proud for being Singaporeans! Never had a chance to obtain NDP tickets for the family but we would join the crowds at some spots where we could view part of the shows proudly presented by our arm forces and of course the spectacular fireworks ! Hopefully will win the tickets this time round so that my husband and I and especially for my two children to experience the patriotic atmosphere on the actual day! Looking forward to celebrating our National Day together with fellow Singaporeans at Marina Bay Floating Platform!
Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂
Alice Tan says
Every year we look forward to listen & sing all the traditional national day songs ( Stand Up For Singapore , Count On Me Singapore , We Are Singapore , One People One Nation One Singapore ) . We always feel execpionally touched when Singaporeans sing the National Anthem + reciting pledge with honour & pride ! It make us think Singapore has come a long way . Plus the wonderful fireworks ! It’s been such a long time since we had such an experience . Hope to have an opportunity to experience it ‘ Live ‘ again …..
Wishing my Home Singapore Happy Birthday ! Stay strong , safe & propserous always !
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Pearlyn Neo says
We love to soak in the atmosphere and look forward to the finale ending with beautiful fireworks!
May Singapore remain safe, citizens united and continue to prosper!
Joanne Kam says
We have never been to the NDP before. Every year we could only watch it via television broadcast. Every year my daughter would pray that we could get the tickets to watch it live. So what would we look forward to at the NDP? I would say every aspect of it! To be able to watch live all the military and civilian showcase and performances would be a dream come true.
My wish for this National Day is for Singapore to continue to prosper and maintain peace & harmony.
We definitely look forward to the fireworks display! That’s always the highlight! Every year, we’d either see it from afar or through the television. Hope we can see it up close and personal this year!
Our wish for Singapore: That equality and harmony amongst races remains. That terrorism be at bay. That the country grows stronger economically so that our generation and beyond can enjoy the fruits of labour!
Happy national day, Singapore!
Corrine Teo says
My whole family has never attended any NDP parades before despite having participated in the yearly balloting. It will be great if we can win the tickets and bring the kids since they have been hoping to attend it every year.
Vallerie Lim says
Love to win!
yokie choy says
thanks for the giveaway. We look forward to the fireworks at each NDP parade and wish for Singapore to stay strong and united as a nation.
We look forward to the community singing and the fireworks!
My wish is that we get over all the petty squabbles and just be better people to each other as a Nation. May Singapore still be as blessed (or even more) when it’s our children’s time to shine.
Ashley Tan says
I wish Singapore to be prosperous and always safe to live in because it’s the best country for my kids to grow in!
I hope to win the tickets because my kids are growing up and its time to let them know about the history of Singapore. I used to dread bringing them to crowded places but I guess they missed out quite a fair bit in their younger days. Therefore I’m trying my best to make it up to them by bringing them out more often!
Adeline Tan says
My family and I look forward to the spectacular performance, firework and singing the national song. I wish Singapore stay safe, prosperous, harmonious and united.
Mark Chan says
Looking forward to a spectacular performance, full of action and beautiful fireworks.
Wishing Singapore prosperous, peace and harmony.
Weng Zuanyan says
Hope to be able to go to NDP 2017 as my boys love watching the parade and fireworks. .
I wish Singapore to stay united and progress and harmony!
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Esther Lim says
Looking forward to spectacular performance by all nations, fireworks.
Wishing Singapore to be prosperous, safe and stay alert as always.
Chong yun ting says
My family wish for this National Day would be really looking at the aircraft such as forward to five F-15SG fighter aircrafts performing the signature bomb burst, as well as other traditional celebratory elements such as the 21-Gun presidential salute on the M3G military raft and the state flag flypast flown by an RSAF Chinook helicopter escorted by two AH-64D Apache helicopters
This National Day, my wish for Singapore is to see more women and youths develop political interest. Meaningful democracy requires the meaningful participation of youths. The youths of today need to take interest and ownership of their future because they are going to be tomorrow’s leaders and decision-makers.
Empower our youths!
Really hope to Win tickets for them . We can’t get any ballot of tickets last year
Winnie Low says
I look forward to watching the unique singapore story showcased this year with my son and I wish Singapore can be safe and continue to prosper under the leadership of wise leaders.
Lim Jze says
I hope to see the red Lions and the fireworks!
I wish that the economy will ever be prosperous in the distant future and Singapore will continue to be a harmonious, diverse society where everyone of all ages , races and religion are able to dream their dreams and live life to the fullest!
Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore, where my home is!
Peh Xin Yun says
Looking forward to watch this year NDP! Can’t wait to watch the awesome performances & the beautiful fireworks display! ??
Chen Huiyi says
Sincerely hope to be chosen to bring my niece to enjoy this parade for the very first time. She will definitely be thrilled and delighted. Thank you for the chance!
Tay Mui Keng says
Looking forward to the State Flag Fly Past, Community Songs Singing, and the Fireworks.
Wishes For Singapore:
– Safe and secure place for us to live in and raise our future generation
– Integrity of our ruling leaders
– Racial and Religious Harmony
– Prosperity and Progress
Loh Wei Jie Benjamin says
My family is looking forward to spending the first National Day Parade with our new born princess! It will definitely be exceptionally special and memorable for our family!
Moreover, this year marks the 50th anniversary of National Service. With my wife serving as a military officer and having to go through reservist myself, this year all the more serves as a huge reminder and let us better appreciate the importance of serving the nation in this ever-changing world.
It is thus, our hope that Singapore continues to strive towards continual success and to unceasingly place this red dot of ours on the world map. Most importantly in this world of uncertainty, we yearn for all citizens to stand united as one and overcome the threats of terrorism as one nation, as one Singapore.
Jane Neo says
Want my whole family including my 2 kids to feel the National Day. show them the strength of Singapore.
Joseph Lim says
Looking forward to the marching parade and fireworks.
I wish that Singapore can continue to have peace and prosperity, our economy continues to stay strong and competitive. Everyone can have opportunities to lead a good life and pursue their aspirations. All Singaporeans does embrace diversity and come together as one community, one people to achieve the extraordinary and strive for a better future for our future generations.
Jade Wong says
My family looks forward to the fun and awesome atmosphere of NDP! We are really patriotic! Patriotic energy is at it’s best at every NDP.
I wish for peaceful and blissful life for all singaporeans. May we all be filled with eustress instead of distress! 😀
Jaslyn Chong says
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My family and I are looking forward to the fireworks display as well as the medley of national day songs!
My wish for Singapore this year would be for all Singaporeans to have no problem having their bread and butter. For Singapore to remain a safe and peaceful country where the people unite as one and bring the country through any obstacles that may arise
Mei Ying says
My family looks forward to seeing the Red Lions, singing along to National Day songs and admiring the spectacular fireworks at the National Day Parade!
There’s still so much to overcome, hand-in-hand, we’ll look forward to more good things to come! Wishing Singaporeans to stay strong and be understanding towards one another.
Hope to win this and see NDP live!!
Alicia Wee says
We have not attended a National Day parade before and it will be awesome for both my kids to experience it once! The national pride and love of our country is deeply felt even though we have only watched it on our telly screens so far!
Hope to be able to win the tickets!! Thanks for having this giveaway! ?
Mohamed Imran Khan says
My family sincerely looks forward to the parade performances and displays which showcase Singapore’s history and her significant transformations over the past 52 years! My family simply loves how the parade performances and displays tells a unique and distinctive story every year. Significantly, the parade teaches my family on how to be grateful and thankful for the key contributions made by the generations ahead of us.
The fireworks display during a National Day Parade invites my family to express our utmost hopes and ambitions for a better and greater Singapore tomorrow.
This is the beauty of being a spectator at the National Day parade – you get to witness Singapore at its finest today and simply hope for a greater Singapore tomorrow.
For me, my wish for Singapore is to be more united as one in spite of the economic, geopolitical and security challenges we face along the way. We must not let these challenges destroy our morale as a diverse nation and we should remain optimistic at all times. Because, one should never doubt the power of optimism in raising the morale of a nation altogether. After all, it takes two hands to clap.
Ivan Connell says
I want to see the beautiful fireworks!
May Singapore continue to prosper and progress, safe and harmonious within its people. Happy 52nd Birthday Singapore!
We looked forward to see fireworks and aero performance. Wishing Singapore prosperity & progress in the upcoming year.
David Yeo says
My family are looking forward to the D3 segment (as it display the many latest defence assets), the state flag fly-past, the marching contingents and also the silent precision drill squad.
I wished Singapore a Happy 52th Birthday on this joyful occasion. May you prosper and advance with greater horizons.
Teo Aik Peng says
I would love to win a pair of tickets for my parents to go for NDP 2017!
It would be great for them to visit the State Flag fly past, the national songs and performances, lastly the amazing fireworks in celebration of the National Day.
KaRen Ong says
Hope to win. Would love to bring my princesses to see the parade and fireworks!
Ganesan Akila says
My family is looking forward to see the marching conginents and state fly past and of course the beautiful fireworks.This year is going to be special as my just turned one year old son will also be able to join the celebrations and cheer with the nation.
I wish Singapore always remain a safe place to live and may its multicultural society always grow to soaring heights.
Joan Lim says
Celebrate our nation’s birthday! Nothing beats being there to feel the mood and exhilaration as we add another year to our nation’s growth!
I would really like to win the tickets for my son. Its gonna be his first NDP this year and would really love to see all the shows and fireworks with him!
This would be the first time we will be watching the parade live in the venue as a family! I hope Singapore will continue to prosper in the coming years!
Ganesan Akila says
We look forward for the marching contingents and also state fly past ,dazzling performances and fireworks.I wish to take my family of four especially my one year old son to witness his first national day parade and want to cheer for the nation along with masses singing songs for Singapore and waving Singapore flag.I wish that Singapore remains a safe country and let the multiracial society roar to greater heights.
My family and I are looking forward to the spectacular fireworks show at NDP 2017! ??✨
Happy 52nd birthday my beloved country!
Lynette Tan says
We look forward to seeing the Red Lions!
We wish for peace and prosperity in Singapore, that everyone will be more tolerant of one another. Friendly neighbours and community makes for a happier home environment.
Jovinne Teh Hui Ping says
I luv Singapore! Singapore is my love! There is a positive vibe. Smiles are seen everywhere. I don’t need to talk to anyone. My heart is open and I know there is no chance my heart will be broken! My life is completed with Singapore my true love!
Andy Neo says
We are definitely looking forward to the amazing fireworks on that magical evening!
Our whole family wishes for peace for everyone and prosperity for the whole country! Peace be it also in the family and we hope PM Lee’s family can find it too!
I enjoy the marching segment and the display of air and water vehicles used by the armed forces to defend Singapore. Kudos to the hard work put in by the respective participants. My wish for Singapore is to remain safe and a global travel hub in the world. When we tell foreigners about Singapore, they are always impressed. I hope that we continue to uphold Singapore’s “name” internationally. Locally, I hope that Singaporeans remain friendly and that Singapore continues to be a great home for everyone.