Bouquets for Parachutists
Date: 18/01/2019 | Source: Sports DPRK English | Read original version at source
October 14, Juche 60 (1971) saw the National Women’s Defence Sports Contest at the then Moranbong Stadium in the presence of President Kim Il Sung.
The culmination of the event was a women’s skydiving demonstration.
The aircraft carrying the parachutists was already high in the air and the girls were somewhat excited.
They finally began jumping one by one on the order of the coach, and the blue sky was decorated with big “blooms,” which the President was watching through binoculars.
Long rows of red smoke, each at the tail of a parachute, were spiraling downwards and the divers controlled their devices with great skill until they touched down.
The President said with a beaming smile that they landed with accuracy and they were really excellent. Then he told officials to bring all the bouquets to him.
He counted them and asked how many were needed. An official answered 15, which was not enough.
The President asked for some more.
Now the parachutists stood in a straight line before the platform, and the captain said that all succeeded in safe landing.
Waving to the girls as a token of congratulations, the President urged them to come closer.
Holding their hands in his, he said, “Excellent. These bouquets are for you.”
The flowers had been presented to him by some sportspersons, a reflection of their earnest wish for his good health.
Receiving the flowers from him, the girls shed tears of gratitude.
Indeed, the bouquets mirrored his warm affection for sportspeople and his high expectations that the parachutists would bring glory and honour to the country.