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Escorts train for flag raising ceremony of National Day

2009-09-15 09:06 BJT

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The flag raising ceremony will herald the start of the National Day celebrations on October 1st. Escorts are training hard for the occasion.

A training base in the northern suburbs of Beijing.

Not only do the escorts have to brave Beijing's hot summer weather, but also 12 hours' training and a 5 kilometer walk everyday, rain or shine.

Training also includes sticking their hands into sand to make their moves more forceful.

200 escorts will be on duty on National Day. 196 will form the flag escort. Carrying the National Flag, they will start from the Monument to the People's heroes, walk past the portrait of Sun Yat-sen, and continue to walk north within Tian'anmen Square.

They will hand over the national flag to the remaining four who will raise it, accompanied by the national anthem.