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Athlete Oscar Pistorius of South Africa carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012

2012 London Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Athlete Oscar Pistorius of South Africa carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 2012

Athlete Leo-Pekka Tahti of Finald carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England.

2012 London Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Athlete Leo-Pekka Tahti of Finald carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 2012 in London, England.

Wheelchair Rugby player Garrett Hichling of Canada carries his national flag during the Athletes' Parade at the Olympic Stadium.

Official website of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Great Britain, 30 August 2012 - 10 September.

Lighting the way to the Games

Carrying the Flame by night

Athletes from China enter the stadium during the Athletes' Parade

Athletes from China enter the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Injured war veteran Dave Rawlins pilots a plane over the Olympic Stadium marking the start of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Dave was trained by Aerobility, a British charity that prepares disabled people to become pilots.

Injured war veteran Dave Rawlins pilots a plane over the Olympic Stadium marking the start of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. Dave was trained by Aerobility, a British charity that prepares disabled people to become pilots.

An athlete from each nation makes their way into the stadium carrying their national flags

London 2012: the closing ceremony - in pictures

The Flags of the Nations parade into the stadium during the closing ceremony

General view of Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, London

London 2012 Opening Ceremony - Picture shows a general view of the show during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, July REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

Athlete Ctyu Dae Kim of Republic of Korea carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England.

2012 London Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Athlete Ctyu Dae Kim of Republic of Korea carries the flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 2012 in London, England.

Swimmer Teresa Perales of Spain carries the flag of her nation

Swimmer Teresa Perales of Spain carries the flag of her nations the Athletes' Parade as part of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sailor Aleksander Wang-Hansen of Norway carries the flag during the Athletes' Parade

Official website of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Great Britain, 30 August 2012 - 10 September.

The Paralympic Flame crosses Abbey Road

Official website of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Great Britain, 30 August 2012 - 10 September.

A little illumination

The imaginative use of lighting creates a breathtaking spectacle at the Opening Ceremony.

Paralympic 2012 Opens: 2012 London Paralympics - Opening Ceremony

Paralympics 2012 opening ceremony – in pictures

German athletes wave flags during the Athletes' Parade in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A plane flies over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium

In pictures: London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony

A plane flies over the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium

A colourful entrance  Supporters of The Netherlands arrive at the Olympic Park on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

A colourful entrance Supporters of The Netherlands arrive at the Olympic Park on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.