The 11 best moments from the Jubilee National Day celebration

SINGAPORE - The National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 was a rollercoaster ride in the best possible way.

Energetic mass displays were punctuated by emotive performances, and breathtaking aerial acrobatic displays bookended nostalgic interludes in a show that had the audience joining in with fervour and passion.

We round up 11 of the highlights from Sunday's Golden Jubilee celebration:

1. Most patriotic - Proclamation of Independence


A man getting emotional while watching the live broadcast of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew reading the Proclamation of Singapore on Aug 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

At 9am, Singaporeans heard the Proclamation read out by Mr Lee for the first time, as media channels across Singapore played a recording made by him in 2012.

It was a "moment of anguish" for him in 1965, but fifty years on, a moment of national pride for Singaporeans.

2. Most emotional - Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew


A tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew playing on the big screens. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Many teared up when former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's image appeared on screen during a tribute to him.

His presence was sorely missed as the late founding leader of Singapore, who died on March 23 this year, had attended every Parade since 1966.

Emotions peaked when cameras panned to his empty seat, adorned by a sprig of yellow orchids.

3. Most nostalgic - Policemen in shorts


The vintage parade at the National Day Parade on Aug 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The vintage parade was a definite crowd pleaser, with cheers greeting the veterans marching in khaki shorts and olive-green uniforms.

As the Singapore girl rolled past in trishaws, a Singapore Airlines A380 with a special livery of the national flag zoomed overhead prompting spectators to whip out their cameras and get a shot.

4. Most impressive - Mobile columns


The mobile column from the Singapore Armed Forces. PHOTO: AFP

The sight of the 179 tanks, marine craft, combat ambulances and other defence hardware rolling past the City Hall as dusk fell was awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Also impressive were the soldiers and security personnel in full battle gear on the vehicles.

5. Most disappointing - No show for Red Lions


A Red Lion preparing to land during the National Day Parade preview on Aug 1, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

It was a bummer that one of the much-anticipated opening acts had to be called off. Due to low cloud cover which obstructed their view of the designated landing area, a decision was made to call off the jump to ensure the safety of the jumpers.

But the no show didn't dampen the spirits of spectators at the stands for long.

6. Most exciting - Aerial fly-pasts

There were three aerial displays this year, one right after the tribute to the late Mr Lee, another one of 20 F-16s flying in a "50" formation, with a "bomb burst" at the end, and a final one showcasing an array of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's assets, including the last F-15.

The in-cockpit views of an F-15 fighter jet doing a vertical climb over the Marina Bay area is the closest most of us will ever get to being in one!

7. Most shiok - Celebrating things Singaporean


Singapore icons in a People's Association mass display at the National Day Parade on Aug 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: MELODY ZACCHEUS

Ice kachang, chilli crab and durian, icons like the Changi Airport control tower, and even Singlish terms like "Blur like Sotong" and "Lah" made an appearance in the People's Association's mass display.

Then there were the giant balls that the audience were bouncing around as they sang familiar songs like Munnaeru Vaalibaa and Singapore Town that all Singaporeans have sung in school. Shiok right?

8. The Cutest - LED little ones


Some 500 primary school pupils lit up the Padang with their LED costumes on Aug 9, 2015. ST PHOTO: MELODY ZACCHEUS

Some 500 children from six primary schools were decked out in LED lights as they performed. And the crowd gasped every time the little troopers changed colour.

But we all knew Singapore pupils are some of the brightest in the world.

9. Most heartwarming - Kit Chan's Home


Kit Chan sings Home at the National Day Parade 2015 Preview on Aug 1. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

What is it about this song that warms the cockles of every Singaporean's heart and gets everyone singing along?

Kit ended on a high note with her heartfelt performance, if it truly is her last at an NDP, as she mentioned it might be last week.

10. Most kiasu or patient - The early birds


Mr Sha Nawaz Khan, 35, and his daughter Shafana Khan, 4, were among the early birds at the Padang. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

Some of the audience were at the Parade and at other sites to catch the 50th edition of NDP hours before it started to get good seats or beat the traffic. We think they also deserve some applause for their dedication.

11. Most spontaneous - The cleanup


Spotless aisles after the National Day Parade. ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN

Many spectators took their rubbish with them as they left, leaving clean aisles at the Parade venue.

About 200 volunteers from the #keepSGclean movement also picked up trash at different areas in the Marina Bay area. Way to go Singapore!