Mr Lee’s Final Journeys

30 Mar 2015 – Parliament House – U Cultural Centre

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Sun: the Sky above shed tears onto a nation in tears as we bid Mr Lee a final farewell. Safe journey to your final destination. You will be missed.

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The Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew was held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC), National University of Singapore on 29 Mar 2015, Sunday, from 2pm to 5.15pm. It was preceded by the State Funeral Procession from Parliament House to UCC.

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The Procession covered a distance of 15.4km and pass significant landmarks, such as Old Parliament House, City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre and Singapore Conference Hall; as well as heartland areas.

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Happy is the baby that the sun shines on and peaceful is the corpse that the rain falls on’ – thank you to Garry Rogers grandmother for that quote.

foreign-dignitaries-for-dataList of the foreign dignitaries.

Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings, op.11 and JS Bach’s ‘Air’ from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major were performed by SSO with Lan Shui conducting.

The Master of Ceremony will be Peter Ong, Head of Civil Service.

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10eulogies delivered, in the following order:
◾Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
◾President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
◾Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong
◾Former Cabinet Minister Ong Pang Boon
◾Former Cabinet Minister S. Dhanabalan
◾Former Senior Minister of State Sidek Bin Saniff
◾Trade unionist G. Muthukumarasamy
◾Tanjong Pagar community leader Leong Chun Loong
◾Former journalist Cassandra Chew
◾The late Mr Lee’s second son Lee Hsien Yang

11106284_10152858473107832_846866912_n.jpgSCDF Public Warning System siren sounded twice island wide to signal the start and end of a minute of silence for the late Mr Lee.

On the conclusion of the Funeral Service, the late Mr Lee made his final journey to Mandai Crematorium. The cremation service was private.

Dear Mr Lee, farewell and THANK YOU. Words are not enough and cannot justify what you have done to give our tiny island state world recognition. May you now forever rest in peace and not have to – ‘Even from my sick bed, if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel something is going wrong, I will get up’ – LKY

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Those of us who were not standing out in the torrential downpours were probably glued to the TV. Thanks to nephew Clem for his TV screen and for living on Bukit Merah Rd where the procession passed by. The 2 above pix are by Clem and me and the rest in the posting are downloaded from various sites.

I also noticed something in the air. The rain was over. The air was fresh. One era has ended. A new one has begun. Majulah Singapura – Bertha Henson

https://berthahenson.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/an-era-is-over/

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Many have written and shared about Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015), his wife Kwa Geok Choo (1920-2010) and their 3 children, Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang. Google and you will not be short of info and pix of this ‘orang besar’ (big man) and one of the world’s great leaders.

Credits to all the borrowed pix and info for the late Mr Lee.

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Edited Monday 30Mar: a letter published in the New Paper today from my bro Leslie showing the more human side of LKY

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