15 February is Total Defence Day. It is the day that Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival formally surrendered Singapore to Japan 72 years ago. To commemorate this day, the Singapore Armed Forces held a Weapon Presentation Ceremony at the War Memorial Park for the new recruits of 3rd Battalion, Singapore Guards.
The weapon presentation is usually held within the first few weeks of Basic Military Training, and is a symbolic first step for a recruit in becoming a soldier of the SAF. The ceremony is usually held in SAF camps or at a place of historical significance.
The War Memorial Park has been selected by the unit as the location for their Weapons Presentation Ceremony because it was constructed to remember civilians of all races who were victims of World War II. This location will remind the soldiers that what they do in training is for the ultimate purpose of defending Singapore. It will also remind them of the importance of the SAF and their role as National Servicemen.
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!
“Singaporeans must never again allow what is ours to be taken away.” – LTC Joseph Lin, CO of 3rd Guards Battalion