Heroes behind the NDP and their families

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assistant seow soo shya
photos koh boon wei
words masayoe nabilah
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The heroes who protect our island nation are usually anonymous. Little pays tribute to some of these heroes, who for the first time, will step into the limelight during the SG50 National Day Parade. We go behind the scenes with them, see them in action while preparing for the nation’s 50th birthday.

Here is snippet of what they told us about life serving the nation and the family.

Name: MAJ Brandon Choo, 34
Role in NDP: RSN GOH Contingent Commander
Father of a four-year-old son, Major Choo draws a parallel between this military honour and to how he felt when he held his new-born son in his arms for the very first time. “There is a great sense of pride in acknowledging that you have been bestowed an honourable position, but at the same time, you know that with this position come great responsibilities and a lot of hard work,” Major Choo says.

Name:ME5 Ng Swee Yew
Role in NDP:Vehicle Commander for Combat Support Systems packet in “Giving Strength to Our Nation” segment.
“I am both excited and happy that I can make this small contribution to NDP 2015. When I was given the chance in March 2015, I gave a firm “Yes” without any hesitation. Deep in my heart, I really hoped I would be chosen but I knew that there were other candidates in mind. Since my selection, I have been involved in rehearsals every Saturday since May,” ME5 Ng shares.

Name: LTC Xu Geyuan Marcel, Air Force
Role in NDP: State Flag flypast lead pilot
“It’s empowering to overcome the multitude of challenges and obstacles to qualify as a pilot. But I’d like all little boys AND girls, to know that the fun part about life is not to just have one dream, but to keep having dreams, all your life. That keeps you motivated and driven, to have a life of meaning,” explains LTC Xu.

Full feature in our Aug – Oct ’15 issue.