Here's a birthday to remember

The format for the annual National Day Parade (NDP) might seem similar year in, year out: military display, mass performances and, of course, fireworks.

But credit must go to the organisers and participants who worked hard to make yesterday's birthday bash a little special.

This year's NDP held at the Marina Bay floating platform (above) delivered a treat for the 25,000 spectators: a bigger aerial display by the air force, day-time fireworks, free-falling naval divers, and wing-suited Red Lions.

History was also made at Singapore's 53rd birthday with President Halimah Yacob, the country's first female head of state, in attendance.

A birthday comes and goes in 24 hours, but the act of remembering the country's past and celebrating its achievements will hopefully make an impact that lasts far longer.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 10, 2018, with the headline 'Here's a birthday to remember'. Print Edition | Subscribe