SSA Members Perform at Singapore National Day Parade 2008
On August 9, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth performed at Singapore's 43rd National Day Parade at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium. SSA has participated in the annual event at the invitation of the Singaporean government for the past 23 years. Singapore President S.R. Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, other government officials and representatives of various sectors of society attended, together with 27,000 citizens.
The SSA performers enchanted the audience with their dynamic flag display in the third act entitled "Spring! Creators of a New World." One-third of the 650 SSA performers were either newly joined members or friends of members. Rehearsals began four months prior to the one-day performance. National Day Parade 2008 Chairperson Tung Yui Fai expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the SSA performers for what he termed a brilliant performance.
[Adapted from an article in the October 3, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Singapore Soka Association]