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Strength in unity: In celebration of Singapore’s 57th birthday

It’s time to jump for joy and bring good cheer

For Singapore turns 57 this delightful year

In the heartlands and many other places

The Singapore flag unfurls – majestically

You’re on track so, welcome to our beautiful Lion City


Let’s adopt the motto of the 3 musketeers

By being, “All for one, and one for all”

From strength to strength, there is unity

To parents, we embrace filial piety

Lending a helping hand to the needy in the community


The parade will be awesome, the fireworks mesmerizing

With the colours in the sky absolutely dazzling

The camaraderie cements us as one people, one nation

As the government with all cities build healthy relations


National service has transformed boys to men

And collectively, they make a united stand

To defend Singapore to the very end

For with patriotism in all its glory, we stand to gain

My late wife and I appreciate the colours of white and red

We are fortunate, in this nation, to be born and bred


There will be challenges now and, in the years, ahead

Together, we can overcome adversities and concerns

But this positive and uplifting message – I want to spread

Stay healthy – in body and mind– as one resilient Singapore

As we open the skies and welcome tourists to our shores


“Many happy returns of the day, Singapore”

Yeah! You are loved – now and forever more


Sincerely,

Raymond Anthony Fernando

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