71 years ago today, Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival formally surrendered Singapore to Japan at 6:20pm.
To commemorate this day, Recruits from 1st Guards Battalion gathered at the War Memorial Park for their Weapons Presentation Ceremony. It is a good way to remind the soldiers of the importance of the SAF and their role as National Servicemen. The War Memorial Park was built in memory of the civilian victims of World War 2. At the ceremony, the recruits reaffirm their resolve to defend Singapore with their live.
I, hereby swear before this Flag, that I will be brave, honourable, disciplined, vigilant, and I will take good care of my rifle, at all times!
“Remember always that strong security underpins Singapore’s survival and success. Ultimately, if we are not prepared to defend ourselves, no one else will.” – Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Neo Kian Hong