Launch of the World War II Trail and Resilience Trails
The year, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II in Southeast Asia and the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. This was the darkest chapter in Singapore’s story.
As part of a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942, the National Heritage Board launched the World War II Trail and the Resilience Trails on 14 February 2012. The event was held at the Cenotaph with the Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, as the Guest of Honour.
Woodgrove Secondary School was invited to participate in this launch, in which 320 secondary three students and sixty staff members embarked on the Temasek Trail, on the morning of 14 February 2012. Starting from the gateway at Fort Canning, Woodgrovers journeyed to historical markers along Boat Quay and the Padang area before reaching the Cenotaph, the final stop of this trail. At the Cenotaph, Woodgrovers were a part of the solemn World War II Observance Ceremony where they observed one minute of silence as a form of respect to the war heroes.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim took time off his busy schedule to join Woodgrovers in this trail around the city. Along the way, Woodgrovers learnt inspiring stories about their forefathers and how they adapted and persevered in the face of hardships and challenges during the Japanese Occupation.
This trail has been a meaningful and rich learning experience for Woodgrovers as they gained a better understanding of Singapore’s history and development as well as appreciate the importance of resilience and the ‘can do’ spirit, an essential trait in their lives.