The Singapore story is well known—how it achieved independence in 1965 amid severe doubt it could survive at all with its tiny size and severe lack of natural resources.
Yet the island succeeded against the odds, deftly navigating its way through stormy waters of domestic turmoil, regional strife and international politics.
It made use of every single advantage it had, emerging on the world stage as a major commercial hub, financial centre and global player—in short, the little country that could.
And in this way, the national narrative has been shaped over the years, a narrative that is retold in varying ways every year during the National Day Parade.
Audience members sit back to enjoy a stunning spectacle of military parades, multicultural song-and-dance performances and aerial high jinks capped by a breathtaking firework extravaganza set against the stunning cityscape framed by the Marina Waterfront.