July 26 - North Korea debuts flower show named after leaders ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War's end. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
North Koreans flocked to an exhibition of flowers named after the country's former leaders on Friday, a day ahead of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Twenty thousand Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia plants, which organisers said are registered flowers, were arranged in elaborate motifs around portraits of the leaders and dioramas of weapons and soldiers in an exhibition hall in central Pyongyang. Kimilsungia, named after the country's founder Kim Il-sung, is a purple orchid, while the Kimjongilia, named after his son Kim Jong-il, is a variety of red begonia. The exhibition, which runs from July 24th to 29th, is arranged as part of festivities surrounding Saturday's holiday marking the end of the Korean War, known in the North as the "Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War." North Korea has been staging nationalistic tributes to its "Eternal President", the late Kim Il-Sung, ahead of the anniversary on Saturday of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 war. North Korea calls July 27 its "Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War". It blames the U.S. military presence in the South for confrontation on the peninsula.