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On August 9, some 640 members of Singapore Soka Association (SSA) performed during Singapore’s National Day Parade 2014. Themed “Our People, Our Home” and held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the parade celebrated the 49th anniversary of the country’s independence and was viewed by some 27,000 spectators including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam.
SSA put on two performances in this, its 29th appearance in the National Day Parade. The first performance, which paid tribute to various sectors of Singapore’s workforce and celebrated the nation’s diversity, featured synchronized dancing and human formations by members of the men’s and women’s divisions. The second performance was given by a marching band composed of 100 SSA youth members.
On August 15, some 60 youth members from SGI-Paraguay’s Music Corps, Fife and Drum Corps, and a dance group made up of young women’s members came together to perform in an official parade commemorating the 477th anniversary of the founding of Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, in 1537.
[Adapted a report from SSA and articles in the August 21 and 24, 2014, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SSA and Seikyo Shimbun]
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