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On the last Sunday of June 1975, at exactly two o'clock, all two hundred thousand spectators in the Strahov Stadium rose up as the fanfares announced the arrival of the president of the CSSR, Gustav Husák, to the honor tribune. Once the president with his aging politburo, dressed in suits as grey as the sky that day had sat down, the first tones of Smetana's My Country, played from two hundred underground loudspeakers, introduced the performance of female gymnasts. Twelve thousand and ninety six women dressed in blue miniskirts holding white clubs performed gymnastic exercise symbolizing the beauty of the country. After 24 minutes of the performance parents, carrying their three to six year old children, filled the stadium…Accompanied by passionate applause, the children left the stadium on the (right) shoulder of their mothers waving to the crowd with white scarves. Husák wiped away a tear. When they had left the stadium, a few seconds of silence followed. Suddenly it was broken by three units of jet aircraft flying right over the stadium. Through the three gates of the Strahov Stadium, the first lines of sun-tanned male bodies appeared dressed only in 'snow-white' shorts. Salvo. With a roar the soldiers ran to fulfil the order described by a reporter from the Herald Tribune who was present on that day: "As one wave sank, another rose and a third was forming. Then suddenly, when this living ocean had covered the 60,000 square meter field, the soldiers stopped dead in their tracks, then, seconds later, launched into a performance, which drew gasps of admiration -and sometimes fright - from the crowd. Human trampolines sent young men soaring into the air. In another part, musical accompaniment built up into a crescendo as the soldiers formed themselves into tall pyramids."