An impressive turnout of about 5000 Singaporeans attended Singapore Day together with their family and friends at Century Park in Shanghai on 11 April 2015. The event was graced by guests of honour Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Minister Grace Fu, Ambassador to China Stanley Loh, and Consul-General to Shanghai Ong Siew Gay.
The cool spring air was buzzing with great excitement and the familiar smells and sounds of home. Singaporeans had come in anticipation of the great food, entertainment, and company at the biggest reunion of Singaporeans in Shanghai this year. There was much to see and do at the event -attendees explored the five showcase areas demonstrating the different facets of our Singapore Story, indulged in a glorious array of delicious hawker dishes, and revelled in performances put up by our stellar line-up of local celebrities. A special marquee was also set up in the heart of the event grounds for attendees to pen notes in loving memory of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
In his address to an expectant audience, Deputy Prime Minister Teo thanked the attendees for making their way to the event. Reminding Singaporeans overseas that they are an integral part of the Singapore family, Deputy Prime Minister Teo also urged Singaporeans overseas to continue in their efforts to build a vibrant local community in China, and to contribute to Singapore.
The event culminated on a high note as Singaporeans came together to sing our National Day songs in an emotional finale. The singing of the National Anthem with the raising of the National flag on stage brought the event to an rousing end. Singaporeans, young and old, were spotted waving their "I <3 Singapore" and "Majulah Singapura!" scarves as they exited the event grounds.
The Overseas Singaporean Unit would like to thank all Singaporeans for their overwhelming support, and for making Singapore Day 2015 a roaring success. Be sure to keep a lookout for Singapore Day next year-coming to a city near you!