Highest honours from Singapore Armed Forces for Lee Kuan Yew’s final farewell

SAF's final farewell to Lee Kuan Yew (Photo from Ng Eng Hen's Facebook page)

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will bid Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew a final farewell with the highest honours, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

Ng detailed the SAF’s sendoff on land, sea and air in a Facebook post on Friday night.

At the procession, there will be a 21-gun salute fired by four ceremonial 25-pounder guns as the gun carriage carries Mr Lee’s body from Parliament House and journeys around the Padang.

Four RSAF Black Knights will also salute Mr Lee as his body passes City Hall with a “Missing Man” formation where one Black Knight breaks off. The formation is a traditional aircraft maneuver used to honour the dead.  

As Mr Lee’s body crosses the Esplanade Bridge, Patrol Vessels RSS Dauntless and RSS Resilience will conduct a ceremonial sailpast off the Marina Barrage as the final salute.

The funeral service will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC), National University of Singapore from 2pm to 5.15pm.

After the funeral service, the late Mr Lee will make his final journey to Mandai Crematorium for a private cremation service.

Mr Lee’s body will be lying in state at the Parliament House until Saturday 28 March, 8pm, where the public can pay their last respects.

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