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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 25 June 2006

Army Museum of Singapore to open in 2007


Army Museum of Singapore to Open Next Year
The uniquely Singaporean experience of National Service (NS) will be chronicled in a new Army Museum of Singapore, to be opened next year.
Marked as a key initiative to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NS in 2007, the museum will preserve the heritage of the Singapore Army and honour the contributions of our soldiers and their experiences.
Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum this morning (21 Jun 2006).
The Army Museum of Singapore, which will be open to the public, was one of the recommendations made last year by the Fourth Committee to Recognise the Contributions of Operationally Ready NSmen to Total Defence (RECORD IV) chaired by Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen.
The museum will be housed in a new 3-storey building to be constructed close to the SAFTI Military Institute.
The museum will feature six galleries that showcase the Army's development from its formative years to the present.
The shared NS experience of Singapore's sons will also be captured through exhibits such as a mock-up of a 1970s soldier's bunk, multimedia shows, and displays of army equipment complemented by the 'sounds and smells' of battle.
Besides paying tribute to the 700,000 Singaporeans from all walks of life who have served in the Army over the last 39 years, the museum also promises an experiential journey for all visitors and servicemen alike.
NSmen past and present can revisit and reminisce on their Army and NS experiences, while other visitors can learn about the contributions of NSmen to the Army, and reflect on the vital role they have collectively played in contributing to the defence of Singapore.
Members of the public interested in contributing artefacts or interesting stories may contact the Army Museum Project Committee at 6799 7277.
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Source: News Release 21 Jun 2006

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