LKY’S STATE FUNERAL: WHAT TO EXPECT ON SUNDAY

The state funeral of the late Lee Kuan Yew will commence on Sunday, 12.30PM, and cover a distance of 15.4KM to the University Cultural Center at the National University of Singapore where a funeral service will take place from 2PM to 5.15PM.

At about 12.30PM, the Coffin Bearer Party, consisting of 8 officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police, will carry the coffin of Lee Kuan Yew out from Parliament House and place it on the Ceremonial Gun Carriage. Mourners, including Lee Hsien Loong, family members, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and Minister in the Prime MInister’s Office Lim Swee Say will follow behind the gun carriage.

Past and present members of parliament will also be among the group of mourners who will send off Lee Kuan Yew from the Parliament House. Former MPs include Mr Mahmud Awang, the first chairman of NTUC, former Government Whip Chan Chee Seng, and Mr Chiam See Tong, an MP from 1984 to 2011. Current MPs include House Leader Ng Eng Hen, Government Whip Gan Kim Yong, Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, Minister of State Maliki Osman and Nominated MP K Karthikeyan.

The gun carriage carrying Lee Kuan Yew will make its way around the Padang, via St Andrew’s Road, Stamford Road and Esplanade Drive. A 21 gun salute with 4 ceremonial 25-pounder howitzers will commence – a practice usually reserved for sitting heads of state. The last 21 gun salute was accorded to former President Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares during his state funeral in 1981.

When the procession passes City Hall the RSAF Black Knights will fly a Missing Man Formation – which means 1 aircraft will leave the 4 aircraft flying the formation as an aerial salute to honor the late Lee.

2 Fearless class patrol vessels (RSS Dauntless and RSS Resilience) from the Navy will also conduct a ceremonial sail pass in the waters off the Marina Barrage, with the city skyline in the backdrop, as a recognition of the late Lee’s contributions to Singapore. A black flag will be flown on the starboard side of the mast of both ships, together with signals flags representing the letter “L”, “K”, and “Y”. As the ships pass the Padang, they will sound 3 long horn blasts, each lasting 10 seconds each.

The gun carriage will then travel on a route that bypasses landmarks of significance. Members of the public can line the route from the Parliament House to the University Cultural Center at NUS. The carriage will pass by the Old Parliament House, City Hall and the Padang, NTUC Center and Trade Union House, Singapore River, Marina Barrage, Gardens by the Bay and Port of Singapore, HDB Estates in Tanjong Pagar, Bukit Merah, Commonwealth and Queenstown, Corrupt Practices Inestigation Bureau, Singapore Polytechnic and National University of Singapore.

The funeral service at the UCC will be attended by members of the late Lee’s family, the President of Singapore, cabinet mnisters, MPs, the Judiciary and the Diplomatic Corps. Select Singaporeans will also attend the service. 10 eulogies from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President 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 and the late LKY’s second son Lee Hsien Yang.

The funeral service will be broadcast live on TV and radio. The SCDF Public Warning system siren will be sounded twice island wide at 4PM to signal the start and end of a minute of silence for the late LKY.

After the funeral service, the late LKY will be sent to his destination at Mandai Crematorium, which will be a private event.

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