The past week has not been a easy one as anguished Singaporeans come to terms with the death of Mr Lee since news of his demise broke on early Monday (March 23) morning.
His body was brought back to Sri Temasek atop a Gun Carriage pulled by an open-topped ceremonial land rover for a two-day private wake. President Tony Tan Keng Yam, the Sultan of Brunei and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing were among the visitors.
On Wednesday (March 25) morning, Mr Lee's casket was conveyed to the Parliament House for a public wake where Singaporeans could pay their tributes for the next four days until Sunday (March 29).
Thousands have joined the queue, waiting for a chance to pay their last respects even though it meant a eight to ten hours wait. The line stretched a few kilometers from the Parliament House but the crowd kept coming. The queue was eventually closed at 8pm on Saturday (March 28) in preparation for the State Funeral the next day.
And today is the day.
At about 12.30pm, the Coffin Bearer Party, comprising of eight officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Police, will enter the Parliament House to carry the casket bearing the body of Mr Lee atop the Gun Carriage.
The cortege will then embark for the UCC (University Cultural Centre) at the NUS (National University of Singapore) while passing several landmarks associated with Mr Lee's 60-year political career.
The landmarks included Old Parliament House, City Hall, the Padang, NTUC Centre, Singapore Conference Hall and heartland areas, covering a total distance of 15.4km.
The public are expected to line the routes taken by the cortege. Those who were unable to pay their tribute during the public wake at Parliament House have the last chance to bid their farewell when the cortege passes them en-route to the UCC where the funeral service will be held.
World leaders and dignitaries will be attending the funeral service at the UCC where 10 moving eulogies will be delivered. The opening and concluding eulogies will be delivered by Mr Lee's sons - Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Lee Hsien Yang respectively.
|Australia||Prime Minister Tony Abott|
|Brunei||Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah|
|Bhutan||Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck & Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck|
|Cambodia||Prime Minister Hun Sen|
|Canada||Governor-General David Johnston|
|India||Prime Minister Narendra Modi|
|Indonesia||President Joko Widodo and Spouse|
|Israel||President Reuven Rivlin|
|Japan||Prime Minister Shinzo Abe|
|Kazakhstan||Prime Minister Karim Massimov|
|Lao PDR||Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong|
|Malaysia||King Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah|
|Myanmar||President U Thein Sein|
|New Zealand||Governor-General Jerry Mateparae|
|Phillipines||President of the Senate Franklin Drilon|
|PRC||Vice President Li Yuanchao|
|ROK||President Park Geun-hye|
|Qatar||Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani|
|Russia||First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov|
|Thailand||Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha & Spouse|
|UK||First Secretary of State & Leader of the House of Commons William Hague|
|US||Former President Bill Clinton|
|Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon|
|Vietnam||Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung|
On the conclusion of the funeral service, the late Mr Lee will make his final journey to the Mandai Crematorium where he will be cremated in a private service.
Rest in peace, Mr Lee.
Rest in peace, Mr Lee.
*The State Funeral procession will be telecast “live” on national television and online at www.rememberingleekuanyew.sg.