"Our Golden Jubilee will be an occasion for us to re-dedicate ourselves to building a better Singapore.
"Our pioneers had a dream of what Singapore could be.
"They fought for our independence, and toiled for our success.
"They succeeded in large measure, and created in Singapore something special and precious for all of us to enjoy. The Pioneer Generation Package is a sincere expression of appreciation for their sacrifices and contributions. But the best way to honour our pioneers is to uphold this same pioneering spirit - to dream and fight for Singapore.
"We must be stewards of our pioneers' success, and leave behind a better Singapore than we inherited.
"We, and especially our young, must take the torch, run faster and further, and keep Singapore's light burning bright.
"Our best years lie ahead. We have not overcome all our challenges, but we are determined to do so, and we will."
- President Tony Tan Keng Yam
This article was published on May 17 in The Straits Times.
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