NSF Liu Kai, who died in Bionix accident, given military send-off
The casket of CFC Liu Kai being carried into a hall at Mandai Crematorium (Photo: Howard Law)
SINGAPORE: It was a quiet Tuesday morning (Nov 6) at Woodlands estate, as the late Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) full-time national serviceman Liu Kai, surrounded by grieving family and friends, lay in a casket hours before a military funeral was scheduled to take place at Mandai Crematorium. Corporal First Class (CFC) Liu, 22, died on Saturday after a training accident involving a Bionix vehicle.
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Soon dozens of SAF servicemen in uniform and black armbands, some with hands clasped in front of them, stood solemnly outside the hall. Inside, there were barely any seats left.After attendees sang a soothing Chinese gospel song, a man holding a bible raised his hand and prayed before closing the casket.
Then SAF pallbearers carried out the Singapore flag-draped casket into a white hearse and saluted, as family members watched and sobbed under a throng of black umbrellas.
As the hearse inched out of the car park the family members held on to its rear, and the cries from CFC Liu’s mother grew louder.
The hearse carrying CFC Liu Kai being escorted as it arrives at Mandai Crematorium on Nov 6, 2018. (Photo: Howard Law)
At the crematorium, the hearse pulled in slowly behind a military band, flanked by hundreds of servicemen who lined the driveway and saluted.
The casket was carried into a service hall, where a ceremony took place in private.
On Monday, family members had described CFC Liu as a kind and warm-hearted boy who wanted to travel on a mission trip to Thailand to help those in need.