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For the sixth consecutive year, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) organised the Combined Rededication Ceremony for the East Zone at SIT@Dover. This time, the crowd is filled with a sea of blue as the Singapore Navy is stationed at the East Zone.
2 July 2018 – For the sixth consecutive year, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) organised the Combined Rededication Ceremony for the East Zone at SIT@Dover. This time, the crowd is filled with a sea of blue as the Singapore Navy is stationed at the East Zone.
The SAF Day Combined Rededication Ceremony serves to commemorate and remember the many individuals who have played a part in making Singapore a safer home. This year, some 600 participants including NS men and guests from participating organisations attended the event. The event was graced by guest of honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development.
In his welcome address, SMF President, Mr. Douglas Foo said, “This event is a significant platform which allows us to ponder on the key fundamentals underpinning Singapore’s peace and security over the years. For the last 51 years, the SAF has played a vital role in preserving and protecting our national sovereignty. Our territorial integrity provides us with the solid foundation for our businesses to grow and prosper, and our economy to stay vibrant.” He continued, “In these times of geopolitical uncertainty and mounting threats from terrorism, a robust SAF is key to maintaining peace, security and stability in Singapore. It also gives the added confidence to the multinational corporations that have made huge investments in Singapore as a strategic base for their business operations.”
To pay tribute to our men and women in uniform, SMF presented a musical tribute that honours and reflects on the various forces over the past 51 years. Performed by the SPOT Pocket Opera Theatre, who hand-picked the songs that are relatable to the different forces with letters written by retired soldiers, the four-part poetry cum musical show spoke of not just the hardship, but the dedication of the different forces as they soldiered to defend the nation. For the performers Mr. David Tao, the baritone of the group and Mr. Jeremy Koh, the tenor and artistic director, having gone through National Service, preparing the performance reminded them of the times when they were in the Navy and Army respectively. To Mr. Jeremy Koh, the marching beat of the song The Vagabond by Ralph Vaughan Williams, reminded him of the times when he was serving as one of the recce.
Participants also viewed a commemorative video featuring SMF commemorative song titled “Did you ever wonder why?” that was commissioned by SMF for last year’s SAF Day. Click here to watch the video.
If you have missed this year’s SAF Day, check out our Facebook page to see the highlights of the event.
The SIT@Dover auditorium was filled with a sea of blue this year with the Navy helming the SAF Day (East Zone). Front row, third from left): Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development and beside him, SMF President, Mr. Douglas Foo.
SPOT Pocket Opera Theatre performed for this year's musical tribute. This tribute resonates with Mr. David Tao, the baritone of the group (middle), and Mr. Jeremy Koh, the tenor and artistic director (front), who served in the Navy and Army respectively.