Opening ceremony

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US Navy 070124-N-9640K-023 Naval Weapons Station Yorktown's Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in honor of the opening of their new facility.jpg
Yao Ming with the Chinese flag 2008 Summer Olympics - Opening Ceremony.jpg

An opening ceremony can be the official opening of either a building or an event. Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup each have an opening ceremony that involves thousands of participants and is watched worldwide. Smaller ones that involve the opening of a new building—like a school or library or even a small shop—are opened by a guest and usually only attended by family and/or friends.

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