46th Birthday Party: 'Onward, Singapore'
Singapore celebrated its 46th National Day with an Aug. 2. party, which also honored its armed forces. Ambassador Chan Heng Chee greeted dignitaries and guests at the embassy's International Place complex with a 50th birthday cheer for President Barack Obama -- after the U.S. and Singapore national anthems were played -- as well as a full and spicy buffet of food and ample drinks. (The city-state island republic was founded Aug. 9, 1965.) Also addressing the crowd were Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.). Webb saluted "the energy of the people of Singapore, who have performed an economic miracle." Stearns admired Singapore's double-digit growth rate.