As the month of August draws to an end, so does much of our National Day celebrations. Year after year we find different ways to commemorate our nation’s birthday, tweaking the format of the show, moving into different venues and singing to an ever-growing medley of songs, all to celebrate our achievements and reflect on our heritage. Each year’s NDP has left its own special imprint on all of us, but the rainy NDP of 1968 has proven to be one of the most memorable.

Pictures of NDP 1968, submitted by Poon Lee Eng for Singapore Memory Portal

It wasn’t just that it rained; it was the fact that we pressed on with the parade, braving the rain and standing as one united Singapore that made it so special. It has come to symbolize the sense of unity, pride and determination to succeed that we all Singaporeans share for our beloved country. Many have paid tribute to it too, sharing their stories through pictures, oral history, blog posts, and even in the form of a short television drama, which can be viewed here. Some accounts and photographs of the day has also been generously shared with us in the Singapore Memory Portal, as can be seen in the links below:

1. 1968. The Day It Rained On Our Parade

2. National Day Parade 1968

3. National Day Parade at the Padang

And now, especially for the young ones, there’s a new way to learn more about this iconic day in the form of an interactive comic-book app (found at, brought to you by the folks at

The story comes primarily from the view of 7 characters (consisting of both participant and spectator) which the user can find by scrolling through the app, bringing to you, the little details and emotions that each individual felt, in relation to the event. There are also pictures of the actual parade, laid in sequence with the beautifully rendered, panoramic image of the parade ground. Do take some time to go through this awesome little app and share it with your friends, because it brings to life, a piece of history that’s very dear to our hearts. ; )

Hui Ling
Associate, irememberSG
Singapore Memory Project

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