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David Beckham didn’t make it in the GB soccer team for the Olympics. But he gets to motor with the torch — carried by a young soccer player — up the Thames.

And now we do have a memorial moment — for those who could not be at the event tonight, we are told. The audience was asked to supply photos of loved ones. We see a digital “memorial wall” of photos. It’s a beautiful thought — but one that prompts an inevitable comparison with the 11 Israeli Olympians — Olympians, murdered at the Olympics — who are not being memorialized.

The hymn “Abide with me” is the soundtrack for this section on life and death. And that about concludes this opening section of the ceremonies. The parade of athletes gets under way now.

Here comes Afghanistan!

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