Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Sensation : Man Who Was Seen Crying During NDP 2022


By now most of you are aware about the Red Lions parachutist who had a hard landing and was stretchered off at the Marina Bay floating during National Day Parade 2022 (NDP2022).

Third Warrant Officer (3WO) Jeffrey Heng, who was the last of 10 parachutists to land, is in stable condition and receiving medical attention, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post after the video went viral on various social media platforms.

We wish him a very speedy recovery.

You might have seen this man near the end of the NDP, an audience member was was singing the National Anthem with “tears running down his face has” won the hearts of internet users & became this year’s internet sensation.


According to the Straits Times, he is Mr Azuan Tan, 41, a teacher at Bedok View Secondary School.

“I felt that the entire NDP was very well put together, it told a narrative that was extremely touching and it really hit home,” said Mr Tan.

“I have a lot of respect for everyone who contributed during the Covid-19 pandemic – nurses, doctors, front-line workers and educators”.


“The outpouring of emotion was my ‘thank you’ and sincere appreciation to everybody.”

ICONIC IMAGE” : DPM Lawrence Wong

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said in a Facebook post that the man crying has turned out to be one of the iconic images of this year’s NDP.

“It has been a challenging 2+ years – and for many of us, an emotional one,” he said.

“It’s through looking out for one another, even in our vulnerable moments, that we demonstrate our solidarity and Singapore spirit!”


“I really didn’t think I should be getting the attention for it. I’m shocked and surprised. In comparison, the people working hard to put the parade together deserve the attention more than I do.”


An MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Mr Sharael Taha, said that Mr Tan has been volunteering in the community for five years.

“Since the pandemic, he has been very actively distributing meals to needy families. In addition, he has been distributing masks and care packs to families who contracted Covid-19,” he said.

“He’s a passionate volunteer, the epitome of community coming together.”

Mr Tan, who attended the NDP in person on Tuesday for the first time with his wife and three children, said they did not know he was crying until they saw the images on social media.

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