Remembering Lee Kuan Yew – The Nation’s Farewell
The Funeral Service for Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister was held at the National University of Singapore’s University Cultural Centre on 29 Mar 2015. The nation came together as one to say its final goodbye to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
The vigil guards is the nation’s highest form of respect given to the deceased. It is made up of uniformed officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police. They will stand solemnly in formation – four on each corner of the casket, and one senior officer at the head of it facing inwards.
They will stand guard round the clock as the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew lies in state at the Parliament House, their heads slightly bowed, making no eye contact with anyone, their swords inverted.
Every 30 minutes, the four guards near the casket will change shifts. There are 60 vigil guards in total.
We manage to get some of the Vigil guards who are getting ready to relieve their colleagues to share with us their emotional experience.
Residents at Yishun light candles as they pay tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. In the background, a bagpipe performer plays a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne”.