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London Olympic Games Flame Lit In Greece

It will soon be headed to England.

It will soon head to England.

The iconic Olympic flame was lit during a special ceremony in Greece yesterday. Actress Ino Menegaki played a Greek high priestess who caught the sun’s rays using a parabolic mirror.

The ceremony took place amid the Temple of Hera ruins. The flame will now fly to Britain on May 19 where it will be used in a 70-day relay around the United Kingdom.

The flame is meant to symbolize purity, because it comes directly from the sun.

Chairman of the London games organizers, Lord Sebastian Coe, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, and Hellenic Olympic Committee president Spyros Capralos were there to witness the ceremony.

“Today is the rallying call to the athletes — the best athletes of their generation — to come to London,” said Coe. “That in itself is a big moment because it’s the biggest sporting event in the calendar.”

British-born Greek swimmer Spyros Gianniotis passed the torch to the first British citizen, 19-year-old boxer Alex Loukos.

For More: BBC