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National service a part of Singapore identity: PM Lee

He pays tribute to men who've served nation; $100m of goodies announced

Published on Oct 23, 2012 6:00 AM

For nearly a million Singaporean men, donning a uniform to serve in the military, civil defence or police force was a rite of passage they knew was necessary, for the country's peace and stability.

Indeed, national service has become a defining part of the Singapore identity, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong observed yesterday, as he called on younger generations to do their part to defend their country and understand the strategic realities it faces.

On Monday night, he paid tribute to the more than 900,000 men who have served the nation, as he joined some 1,400 of them and guests at a dinner that capped year-long celebrations of the 45th anniversary of NS.

He also announced $100 million worth of vouchers and free NSmen club memberships to recognise their efforts. Each serviceman will get $50 to $100 worth of vouchers.

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