why do we commemorate total defence day

Each year, Nexus (Central National Education Office), a department within Mindef, will launch a Total Defence Campaign before 15 February to promote public awareness and elicit ground-up initiatives for Total Defence. On 15 February every year at 6:20 pm (changed from 12:05 pm in 2015), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) would sound the Important Message Signal via the island-wide
(PWS) sirens. At the same time, all local radio stations would also sound the important message signal and explain to their listeners the appropriate measures to be taken for the three different types of PWS signals.


The theme for the 2006 campaign was "Stay Vigilant, Be Resilient". The theme for the 2008 campaign was "Total Defence. It's Personal. Play Your Part. " The theme for the 2009 campaign was "What Will You Defend? ". The theme for the 2010 campaign was "I Will". The theme for the 2011 campaign was "Home - Keeping It Together". The theme for the 2012 campaign was "Total Defence - It's My Turn". The theme for the 2013 campaign was "Will You Stand With Me? ".


The theme for the 2014 campaign was "Because You Played A Part". Total Defence Day is marked annually on February 15 in to commemorate the anniversary of the on February 15, 1942, precursoring 3 years and 8 months of. Schools frequently organize activities, such as quizzes or fire drills, for students to remind them on the importance of Total Defence, to remind students that Singapore is defensible and is worth defending, and only Singaporeans would have the will to defend Singapore. At 1820 hours, the (SCDF) will sound the Important Message Signal through the island-wide Public Warning System (PWS) sirens.


Simultaneously at 1820 hours, 10 local radio stations will sound the important message signal and explain to the listeners on the appropriate measures to be taken for the three different types of PWS signals. After the sounding, schools will read out a Civil Defence message in which students were reminded of the significance of the PWS signals and appropriate measures Today we commemorate Total Defence Day! Every 15 February, we remember the sufferings of our forefathers during the Japanese Occupation, and remind ourselves that shall Singapore fall.


We must ourselves defend Singapore and protect all that we hold dear. Let us be part of the hashtag #NeverAgain movement and fill social media with personal or corporate pledges in the form of statements, photos, or videos, signalling our commitment to play our part in Total Defence, whether through economic, military, social, civil or psychological defence. Do your part and share the #NeverAgain movement! www. facebook. com nt/

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