SAF Day Parade

The SAF Day Parade is an annual military parade and ceremony of the Singapore Armed Forces held on 1 July in commemoration of the founding of the SAF.[1][2] It is the second military parade in seniority to be held in Singapore next to the Singapore National Day Parade in August.[3] It is usually held at the SAFTI Military Institute in Jurong West while in the presence of the President of Singapore in their position as commander-in-chief.[4] Salutes are also taken by the Prime Minister of Singapore, and the Chief of Defence Force.[5]

Close to 3,000 Operationally Ready National Serviceman (NSmen) take part in the ceremony, including personnel of any one of the Singapore Armed Forces Bands (either SAF Central Band or SAF Ceremonial Band A) or the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command. The SAF performs a traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony[6] during the parade, following the British Army regimental tradition. The awards for the Singapore Armed Forces Best Unit Competition are conferred upon the winning units during the parade. The current year's winner make up the parade's No. 2 Guard, which is typically the 1st Commando Battalion, Singapore Armed Forces Commando Formation. The outgoing colour bearer for the Singapore Army hands the Army's State Colour to the colour bearer for the Best Combat Unit of the year.[7] As for No. 3 and 4 Guards, these are, organized and arranged based on the NDP guard of honour, with Naval Diving Unit representing the Singapore Navy and the Air Power Generation Command representing the Singapore Air Force. 10 supporting units are also located to the rear of the guard of honour formation.[8] A re-affirmation of the Singapore National Pledge of loyalty by all members of the SAF on parade takes place.[9]


The first SAF Day in 1969 was celebrated with a military parade at Jalan Besar Stadium with Minister for the Interior and Defence Lim Kim San being the presiding officer.[10] A muster parade at the MID HQ on Pearl's Hill also took place as well as several smaller parades at various SAF camps.[11] During the first parade, a 1,500-strong contingent of SAF personnel took part in the marchpast, as well as stood at attention during the presentation of the SAF Flag for the first time to the 3rd Battalion, Singapore Infantry Regiment by Minister Lim.[12][13] NSmen were allowed to participate in the parade as commanders for the first time in 1994.[14] The first national service officer to be Parade Commander of the SAF Day Parade was Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Lim.[15] The 2015 parade was known as the SAF50 Parade in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the parade, which included a special aerial flypast fighter planes and helicopters as well as the attendance of SAF pioneers who were present at the first SAF Day Parade in 1969.[16]

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  1. ^ "Armed Forces Day in Singapore / July 1, 2019". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  2. ^ Singapore. Ministry of Culture (1968-1985). Publicity Division; Singapore. Ministry of Culture (1968-1985). Information Division; Singapore. Ministry of Communications and Information (1985-1990). Information Division; Singapore. Ministry of Information and the Arts (1986). Singapore Bulletin. Publicity Division, Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  3. ^ Chiang, M. (1992). The New Army Daze. Times Books International. ISBN 9789812043085. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  4. ^ "President Tony Tan Keng Yam Officiates at SAF Day Parade". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  5. ^ "Military personnel honoured at SAF Day events, Singapore News & Top Stories". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  6. ^ Ministry of Defence. (2006). Our army customs and traditions: Understanding why we do what we do (pp. 85, 88). Retrieved from MINDEF website.
  7. ^ "SAF Honours its Best Units". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  8. ^ Singapore. Armed Forces (1988). The Pioneer. Singapore Armed Forces. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  9. ^ "SAF Pledge". Ministry of Defence (Singapore).
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture. (1969, July 1). Speech by Mr Lim Kin San, Minister for Defence, at the Armed Forces Day parade at Jalan Besar Stadium
  11. ^ National Library Board, Singapore. "Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day | Infopedia". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  13. ^ "Singapore Celebrated Its First Ever Armed Forces Day with …". Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  14. ^ Ho, S.H.; Ong-Webb, G. (2018). National Service in Singapore. World Scientific Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 9789813149236. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  15. ^ Menon, R. (1995). To command: the SAFTI Military Institute. Landmark Books. Retrieved 2019-08-21.
  16. ^ "Highlights of SAF50". Retrieved 2019-08-21.

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