Mr Lee, 90, was helped to his seat by security officers. Minutes before he made his appearance, it started to drizzle lightly. The 27,000 spectators rose to their feet and erupted in applause and cheers when Mr Lee stood up, waving a mini Singapore flag.
Get the full story from The Straits Times.
National Day 2014: Singapore celebrates 49th birthday at Marina Bay
By Linette Lai
This year's National Day Parade officially kicked off with a military tattoo for the first time, featuring a combined band and a precision drill squad strutting their stuff to the beat of well-loved classics like We Will Get There.
National Day 2014: Those without tickets eager to be part of the action
By Yeo Sam Jo
By about 3pm, hundreds of Singaporeans and tourists had streamed into areas surrounding the Marina Bay floating platform with cameras, picnic mats and home-cooked food in a bid to catch a glimpse of the festivities.