It was John’s commissioning parade this past Saturday, December 10, 2005. (For John’s own perspective of the event, see here.) I can’t begin to imagine how it must feel for him, but I know all of us there (my parents, Cathy, Zibin & me) were happy and proud of our newly commissioned officer.
It was a grand parade, being a Presidential one (he only graces this occassion once a year, other times it is the Minister of Defence who is the GOH). And it was a special occassion too, this being the very first batch of the 2-yr NS officer cadets to be commissioned. The grand-stand began filling up 2 hours before the start of the parade. We were among the early birds and, thanks to John’s detailed instructions and lovely hand-drawn diagrams, we knew exactly where to sit for the best view.
The parade was short (abt 1.5hrs), sweet, and memorable, and our hearts swelled with joy every time we caught sight of my handsome brother. I’m very glad that I could be in Singapore to be part of this special occassion in John’s life. I’m so proud of him…and the best part for me about John becoming an officer is that he’ll get to come home every day now! This means that I’ll get to see more of him in the remaining days that I’m in Singapore. Yay!