Final goodbye to our founding father
Yesterday (29 March), over 100,000 people gathered on the streets along the route of the state funeral procession to bid a final farewell to the respected statesman, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. The sky opened up and poured down, as if feeling the nation’s anguish. Of course, the downpour was no deterrent as Singaporeans waited patiently in the rain to pay their last respects.
1. In 1968’s National Day Parade, Mr. Lee braved the rain. In 2015, his people braved the rain for him.
2. Over 100,000 people congregated to send Mr. Lee off.
3. At the Padang, soldiers stood in the rain as they waited for Mr. Lee’s cortège.
4. Students gathered on the streets around the Padang.
5. A Pioneer Generation member braved the downpour to pay his last respects to Mr. Lee, a fellow comrade in building the Singapore of today.
6. Mr. Lee’s family – not Prime Minister, Neuroscience Head, or Temasek Holdings CEO, just children grieving for their father.
7. Soldiers saluting as the gun carriage left Parliament House.
8. Proud Singaporeans waving their flags as the cortège approached.
9. People line up the streets as they waited to pay their last respects.
10. A 90-year-old granny knelt as Mr. Lee’s cortège passed.
11. At Mandai crematorium – Singaporeans bade a final, reluctant goodbye.
12. Foreign workers cleaned up the streets after the procession.
13. As a tribute to Mr. Lee, two Police Coastguard Vessels and Republic of Navy (RSN) Patrol Vessels held a ceremonial sail-past at Marina Barrage. Every ship had a black flag on it, with each spelling out L, K, and Y.
Other tributes to Mr. Lee Kuan Yew
14. An artwork dedicated to Singapore and her pioneers, as well as for leaders like Mr. Lee and Dr. Goh Keng Swee, who both played a pivotal part in establishing today’s Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
15. Primary 2 boy replicated the funeral procession via Lego.
White roses left on Mr. Lee’s favourite bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, as a tribute to him.
The man is not gone, for he is survived by his people.
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