Community Commemorative Events and Exhibitions

It has been one year since the passing of our founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In remembrance of the values that Mr Lee and his generation represent, the public can visit these places that will be commemorating the first death anniversary of the founding Prime Minister.

Title of event Details of event Description
Tanjong Pagar Pavilion
•Opening of Orchid Pavilion and Community Planting
Venue: Duxton Plain Park
Date: 19 Mar 2016
Unveiling of a pottery artwork titled “Everlasting Love”, depicting the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew and Vanda Kwa Geok Choo at the newly restored Orchid Pavilion at Tanjong Pagar Plaza. The pottery piece handcrafted by the potters of Tanjong Pagar CC Pottery Club, shows the two orchids placed side by side, symbolising the enduring love story of Mr and Mrs Lee. These special orchid hybrids will also be exhibited at the pavilion for two weeks from 19 March 2016.

On the same day, residents and grassroots leaders of Tanjong Pagar will be planting seedlings at Duxton Plain while the Advisers will be planting seven Mempat trees, the same species as the very first tree planted by Mr Lee in 1963 which kickstarted the national tree planting campaign.
Events at National Library Board
•The Battle for Merger Exhibition at NLB
•Showcase of tributes to Mr Lee
•Curated Book Display
Venue: Promenade, Level 7, National Library Building
Date: 17 Mar 2016 - 31 Mar 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Admission price: Free
The Battle for Merger exhibition returns once more to the National Library, with new exhibits. Immerse in the critical moment of our nation’s history in 1961 as you listen to excerpts of, then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s series of radio talks in 1961 where he exposed the communists in Singapore – who they were, how they operated and what their aims were. The story of Singapore’s founding years is one that will intrigue both young and old. Presented by the National Library Board and the Singapore Memory Project, there will also be a display of tributes collected during the National Mourning week. Beyond an expression of grief and loss, these tributes reflect our gratitude towards the late Mr Lee.
National Museum Singapore
•A Moment of Unity (By Royston Tan)
•We Built A Nation
A Moment of Unity
Venue: Concourse Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore
Date: 23 March to 2 October 2016, 10am to 7pm daily

Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as children under the age of six.

We Built a Nation
Venue: Stamford Gallery, Level 1, National Museum of Singapore
Date: 23 March to 2 October 2016, 10am to 7pm daily

Free admission for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, as well as children under the age of six.
A Moment of Unity
The video installation in this gallery will be introduced on the first anniversary of the passing of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Through the use of images captured by photographers on the ground, A Moment of Unity reflects upon the coming together of Singaporeans and the indomitable spirit they showed during the week of mourning. Rain features as a central element, serving as a recollection of the downpour that marked the State Funeral Procession on 29 March 2015.

We Built a Nation
Singapore’s Golden Jubilee is an opportunity for Singaporeans to reflect on our history and the contributions of the pioneer generation of leaders in the early independence years. Through a selection of more than 100 artefacts, many never seen before, and archival images and documents, this exhibition explores the leadership of Singapore’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and his team who laid the foundations for modern Singapore.

The exhibition is dedicated to an exploration of the first ten pivotal years of independence (1965–1975) that shaped Singapore’s history, and the important roles played by the founding leaders in developing Singapore’s economy, foreign policy and diplomacy, security and defence, education and infrastructure. It pays tribute to Lee Kuan Yew’s contributions to Singapore, and the ideals and convictions that shaped him and his generation of leaders.

Highlights include artefacts from a major donation from the Estate of Lee Kuan Yew, recently declassified material from Dr Goh Keng Swee from the National Archives of Singapore, as well as donations and loans from the families of many of the founding leaders.
"The Parliament in Singapore History" Exhibition Venue: The Arts House(1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429)
Date: 23 Mar 2016
The Arts House is presenting a fresh narrative of the varied career path of its building. This new narrative display charts the history of The Arts House from 1827 to 1999. View the story of a house that has witnessed the birth of a nation as well as the development of a legislature that has contributed to Singapore’s growth and progress as a multi-cultural parliamentary democracy. Through rare archival images and spoken words of pioneer Parliamentarians such as Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Dr Goh Keng Swee and Mr S Rajaratnam, the exhibition captures the spirit of our nation-building journey. The oldest government and public building in the Republic, the most significant years of The Arts House must have been those between 1965 and 1999. During this period, this neo-classical colonial building was the seat of independent Singapore’s Parliament, where important historical milestones were planted. Here, our political pioneers and nation builders deliberated key issues that were to chart the path of Singapore’s development, and to define the style of our politics.
Remembrance Sites
•Istana Park
•Outside Parliament House (along Singapore River towards Asian Civilisations Museum)
•Tanjong Pagar (Duxton Plain Park)
Date: 19 – 27 Mar 2016 Exhibition panels depicting Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s legacy and values will be put up at three remembrance sites: Istana Park, Outside Parliament House (along Singapore River towards the Asian Civilisations Museum), as well as Duxton Plain Park.

These panels will be available for members of the public to view and reflect on.