Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong joined some 1,000 former and current Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) leadership, pioneers, in-service personnel as well as Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSMen) to commemorate 50 years of the SAF giving strength to the nation at the SAF50 Dinner held at Pasir Laba Camp on Friday evening.
In a statement released by MINDEF today, PM Lee said that Singapore has enjoyed peace for the past 50 years due to SAF's strength. He went on to thank generations of committed servicemen for their hard work as well as Singaporeans for supporting the system.
PM Lee also underscored the enduring need for a strong SAF that is adaptable to future challenges and the importance of the spirit as exemplified by our pioneers.
He said: "I think the first generation of pioneers will be long retired, but their spirit must live on in all of us. And their values - their values of courage and self-sacrifice, of service to the nation - must be handed down from generation to generation… then we will always be secure, then all of us and our families can sleep easily at night."
At the event, PM Lee also launched the SAF50 Commemorative Book, "Giving Strength to Our Nation: The SAF and Its People".
The book pays tribute to men and women of the SAF, both past and present, as well as those outside the military who have helped build the SAF into what it is today.
Written by a diverse group of writers from all walks of life, the book is a collection of personal stories on the experiences in or with the SAF. These stories also show how the SAF has woven itself into the fabric of the Singapore society.