200 photos of past National Day parades showcased on over 7,000 outdoor screens

A contingent bearing a model of the MRT, a symbol of progress, at the National Day parade in 1985. PHOTO: SPH MEDIA
Mounted troopers of the 20 People's Defence Force giving a scintillating performance in 1967. PHOTO: SPH MEDIA

SINGAPORE - In 1967, during Singapore's second National Day Parade, a contingent of troops sat astride horses, which trotted to the beat in front of a crowd of spectators at the Padang.

In 1985, a contingent carried a model of an MRT train atop their shoulders, two years before the transit system began operations.

These snapshots, among 200 taken of past parades, are currently on display throughout the island on more than 7,000 outdoor screens.

The screens are in popular shopping malls, such as 313@Somerset, Jem and VivoCity, as well as various FairPrice outlets.

The images can also be viewed at 92 MRT stations across the Circle, East-West and North-South lines.

The 200 photos from SPH Media Trust's archives date all the way back to 1966 - the first time the National Day Parade was held.

They were taken by SPH Media photojournalists from The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao, Shin Min Daily News, Berita Harian and Tamil Murasu.

Mr Ignatius Low, editor-in-chief of SPH Media's Lifestyle and Entertainment Media Group, thanked SMRT and the FairPrice group for taking part in this initiative.

He said: "Through this exhibition which will reach our readers while they are shopping or travelling, we hope to remind Singaporeans of the strength of our national spirit."

The exhibition will end on Aug 18. 

This is a collaboration with Stellar Ace, which manages the screens at MRT stations, as well as the 3,600 HDB lift screens in Pasir Ris Punggol GRC, JEM, PLQ and 313@somerset.

Stellar Ace managing director Jeslyn Tan said: “Being a Singapore brand, we are delighted to celebrate the nation’s birthday alongside the many Singaporeans who will encounter the photos at our daily touchpoints and platforms as they travel in the train network or do their shopping. No doubt they will have a treasure trove of fond National Day memories through the decades, as we do."

A video collage that compiles some of the photos being showcased can be viewed through this link.

During this year's parade on Aug 9, the public can also catch the live telecast at selected SPH Media outdoor screens at One Raffles Place, HDB Hub in Toa Payoh and Bedok Town Square.

From Aug 12 to Aug 18, all the outdoor screens will showcase highlights from this year's parade at the Marina Bay floating platform.

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