Posted: 02 Jun 2012, 2030 hours (Time is GMT +8 hours)
Story by Glen Choo
Photography by Vishnu Prem
Mr Heng (back row, 6th from left) with Chief of Army, MG Ravinder Singh (4th from left), Commander 6th Singapore Division, BG Yeo See Peng (back row, 1st from right) and grassroots leaders at NS45 Showcase @ Tampines
A performance by the SAF Music and Drama Company
Mei Jun looking at the NS45 Showcase
Mr Heng viewing the NS45 Showcase with MG Ravinder and BG Yeo
With the conclusion of Army Open House@Our City, the NS45 Showcase has moved out of the city and into the heartlands. NS45 @ Our Heartlands has made its first stop in Tampines. The showcase, aptly dubbed NS45 Showcase @ Tampines, was officially launched on 2 June by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education. NS45 Showcase @ Tampines also features vehicles from the SAF and Home Team as well as booths by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
The opening ceremony featured performances put up by various performers from the SAF Music and Drama Company as well as SPF and SCDF Bands. Mr Heng viewed the showcase and took the chance to interact with grassroots leaders and some of the servicemen featured in the NS45 Showcase.
NS45 Showcase @ Tampines has been a valuable learning opportunity for Singaporeans young and old. It was an eye-opener for Loh Mei Jun, a student from North Vista Secondary School who shared, "My perception of NS has changed through this showcase; I feel that I have a better opinion of NS." The note that she left on the Pledging Commitment Board summed up the gratitude of many Singaporeans to our National Servicemen: 'Thank you for defending Singapore'.
Visitors to NS45 Showcase @ Tampines can collect stamps from the various stations to redeem an exclusive NS45 souvenir. NS45 Showcase @ Tampines will be open from 2 to 3 June, 10 am to 9 pm on both days. NS45 @ Our Heartlands will make stops at Jurong East from 9 to 10 June and Toa Payoh from 16 to 17 June. For more information on NS45, please visit the official NS45 website at www.ns45.sg or the official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ns45.sg.