Welcome, welcome, welcome. Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour. Now, before we begin, we have a very special film, brought to you all the way from the Capitol.
“War. Terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. 13 districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost when the traitors were defeated. We swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honour, courage, and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. this is how we safeguard our future. “
*Effie read the last sentence with the video*
I just love that. Now, the time has come to select one courageous young man and woman for the honor of representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games! As usual, ladies first.