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Yesterday once more

The Vintage Parade, featuring 450 participants in nine contingents representing sectors that contributed to the early growth of Singapore, showcases iconic outfits and props from past street parades, including the People's Association
The Vintage Parade, featuring 450 participants in nine contingents representing sectors that contributed to the early growth of Singapore, showcases iconic outfits and props from past street parades, including the People's Association
SingHealth nurses
SingHealth nurses
The Singapore Police Force and the now-defunct Singapore Fire Brigade
The Singapore Police Force and the now-defunct Singapore Fire Brigade
The Public Utilities Board
The Public Utilities Board
These Singapore Girls, or Singapore Airlines stewardesses, have become an iconic image of the nation. Here they are seen riding on trishaws at the Vintage Parade during the National Day Parade rehearsal.
These Singapore Girls, or Singapore Airlines stewardesses, have become an iconic image of the nation. Here they are seen riding on trishaws at the Vintage Parade during the National Day Parade rehearsal.

450 people representing sectors like the SAF and POSB march in their former uniforms

For the past four months, corporal Putra Muzhafar Razali, 20, had been leading a double life.

On weekdays, he was a trooper with the 3rd Battalion Singapore Guards - doing everything from foot drill to combat training and firing rifles. But on Saturdays, he was a trishaw rider for a few hours.

He was not moonlighting, but getting ready instead for his debut at the National Day Parade (NDP).

Yesterday, Mr Putra and 19 of his comrades formed a neat contingent in a vintage display that is part of this year's parade.

"We were specially selected to be the cyclists for the trishaws for the vintage parade, which is one of the highlights of this year's NDP... I'm very honoured," said Mr Putra, who is an NSF. They ferried 20 Singapore Airlines stewardesses in a scene reminiscent of famous SIA advertisements of the past.

Parade People

We wish for Singapore to have a multiracial society always!

MR THAMILARASAN, 37, and his wife Geetha Ganapathy, 34. Both are civil servants. Parade

The vintage parade was a throwback to NDPs of the 1960s, and featured policemen, nurses, firemen and soldiers in the uniforms they wore back then.

About 450 participants took part, forming nine contingents that represented sectors such as the Singapore Armed Forces, the Housing Board and POSB. Madam Nora Kang, 60, a branch service manager at DBS Bank which operates POSB, was among 50 bank employees marching yesterday.

The mother of two donned POSB office wear which she wore in the 1979 parade, the first time the bank took part in NDP. Madam Kang, who volunteered for this year's NDP, said: "It's very nostalgic and it's a rare opportunity. This is easier than before because it's a shorter distance and it's less formal."

For Ms Christine Ng, 31, an SIA cabin crew member of nine years, the parade offered a glimpse of another side of Singapore's pioneers.

Said the first-time NDP participant: "There was an air of exuberance among all the participants. This was expected in the youth, but I didn't expect to see that in the pioneers - they went around giving us high-fives!"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2015, with the headline 'Yesterday once more'. Print Edition | Subscribe