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Displaying the national flag

By Andrew Loh

National Day is just around the corner but walking around some HDB estates, you will notice the scarcity or absence of the national flag being displayed.

So, why are Singaporeans not displaying the flag – proudly and openly?

Is it because it is still some days away from National Day? Or are there other reasons?

In my opinion, displaying the flag as a sign of our allegiance to or love for our country is indeed a significant thing. A solemn act, even.

The flag symbolizes our country.

And as citizens of this country, whether you’re rich or poor, male or female, young or old, of whichever race or religion, we should be proud and not shy away from showing our love for our nation.

Perhaps it is a good a time as any, during this period leading up to our nation’s birthday, to pause and think about what Singapore really means to each of us.

For better or worse, Singapore is home.

And once a year, wouldn’t it be good to show this by displaying the flag which symbolizes that?

Perhaps in the days nearer to National Day, more Singaporeans – of all persuasions – will take part in this simple act of celebrating Singapore and put up the flag.

The following video, titled “Flags Of Our Fathers – Where?” is contributed by a reader of theonlinecitizen and the scenes are taken from the central and western part of Singapore. It was shot on the 23rd and 24th of July, 2007.

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You can view the longer version of the video here.