Saturday, August 11, 2012

Singapore 47th National Day Celebration at Bukit Brown

Singapore celebrated its 47th year of nationhood and independence on August 9, 2012. A group of active volunteers of Bukit came together to also commemorate this important occasion, but with a slightly different twist, they celebrated it in Bukit Brown !

The NDP (Nation's Deceased Pioneers) celebration included an "NDP gift pack", a tour cum quiz, guest appearance of the popular horse named "Astro Boy" and its trainer, Melissa. To wrap it up there was a buffet spread of food as well !

I was later told that the buffet spread was sponsored in full by Raymond Goh, who could not join the occasion but nevertheless his uniting presence was gratefully felt. The celebration started at 4:00 pm and continued way into the night with a sing-a-long session.

The prizes for the quiz at the end of the tour included books on Bukit Brown written by two students of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, (see Bukit and OceanSkies79 ), framed Art Nouveau Majolic Tiles donated by Victor Lim and finally Birds in my Backyard, a coffee table book donated by Georgina Chin.

Pleasantly surprised by how well organised everything was
and there was also a table full of catered food for the guest who turned up 

Volunteer Claire leading a big group at Tay Koh Yat's tomb

A first for Bukit Brown - National Day Celebration
Just before sunset, with the jet planes flying pass over Bukit Brown, the group gathered together for a group photo and to say the pledge and sing the national anthem. I too bear witness to history in the making, Bukit Brown's first national day celebration, to remember and hopefully preserve this heritage park for future generations of Singaporeans to enjoy and remember the roots and  of the pioneers which helped in nation building.

The group who gathered to say the pledge and sing the National Anthem 

Waving the flag proudly 

Some stayed on to the night, singing and celebrating this great day, others adjourned to Adam Road Market for a cold drink and to continue our stories of this day that made history !

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