A dazzling fireworks display unveiled the closing ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games at the Bird’s Nest at 8:00 pm on August 24. When spectators inside the stadium were feasting their eyes on the festivities and reliving a memorable fortnight of athletic action, 5,800 volunteers were posted for their last-day Olympic service at the Olympic Green.
The 12 volunteers that staffed No. 8 Safety Check Post prolonged their service hours, instead of knocking off at the official closing hour at 10:00 pm. In this way, they braced themselves for the last minute of the big event comparable only with the huge throng of the opening ceremony 16 days earlier. The check post, situated 1,000 meters from the Bird’s Nest, had kept the volunteers busy checking in visitors and spectators alike on a daily basis. After the closing ceremony was over, they would have a few days off before they start their service for the September 6-17 Paralympics with their trademark smiles.