Every year, rain or shine, Singaporeans come together on the 9th of August for the National Day Parade, to celebrate the making of our nation, and renew our commitment to Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in his National Day Message on 9 August 2020.
This year, we celebrate National Day in the midst of a global COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Singaporeans fighting on the front lines have gone beyond the call of duty, from retired doctors and nurses who volunteered to come back to serve on the front lines to full-time national servicemen who extended their terms to continue supporting COVID-19 operations, PM Lee said.
Many Singaporeans have also stepped up to help others in need like distributing groceries and meals, or refurbishing donated laptops for needy students.
“Our experience fighting COVID-19, grim and hard as it has been, has brought us closer together. The shared ordeal will toughen a whole population, and bond us together as one united people. Just like how the Pioneer and Merdeka Generations were tempered by Separation and Independence, and economic crises in our early years as a nation,” PM Lee said.
“In good years, our parades rejoice in our progress, and look forward to a better future together.
In difficult years, we still hold National Day Parades, to renew our resolve to weather the storm and take Singapore through to better days,” he said.
“Let us brace ourselves for the trials ahead, so that many years from now, when our grandchildren celebrate National Day, they will look back on these times and say yes, this generation stood together, sacrificed for one another, and built Singapore for us.”
“We have dreams to realise, and goals to reach for. Let us show the world that whatever the challenges, Singaporeans will stay united, and prevail once more.”