3/30/2015 12:31:57 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singaporeans came together on a rainy Sunday morning to bid farewell to the Republic’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
In the last four days more that 415,000 people visited Parliament house where his body lay in state, while on Sunday alone more than 100,000 people lined the streets along the 15.4 km State Funeral Procession route.
His funeral service was attended by several leaders from around the world including India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, former US President Bill Clinton amongst others.
At the funeral service held at the University Cultural Centre, Singapore’s current Prime Minister and Mr Lee’s eldest son, Lee Hsien Loong read out a moving eulogy. He said, “This has been a dark week for Singapore… “ while also adding, “From the ashes of separation he built a nation.”
President Tony Tan, former Cabinet Minister S Dhanabalan, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and his second son Lee Hsien Yang were amongst those who read out eulogies.
A minute of silence was observed all across Singapore once the service ended followed by the playing of the national anthem and pledge. The cortege then moved from the UCC to Mandai crematorium for a private service.
In memory of Mr Lee, a new orchid Aranda Lee Kuan Yew named in honour of Singapore's 'Chief Gardener'. The National Parks Agency said it was a "vigorous and robust new hybrid" in a "bright greenish golden yellow with light tessellations and a tinge of white at the base".