Claret’s triumphant return

Australian Ambassador Paul Wilson, left, Vice Speaker Isaac Zackhras, second left, and Taiwan Ambassador Steve CC Hsia, center, were among the lineup of VIPs on hand to welcome Miss Marshall Islands Claret Chong Gum last Friday. Photo: Chewy Lin.
Australian Ambassador Paul Wilson, left, Vice Speaker Isaac Zackhras, second left, and Taiwan Ambassador Steve CC Hsia, center, were among the lineup of VIPs on hand to welcome Miss Marshall Islands Claret Chong Gum last Friday. Photo: Chewy Lin.

Miss Marshall Islands Claret Chong Gum returned to Majuro last Friday to much fanfare and an exuberant greeting.

First, Amata Kabua International Airport firefighters gave the Nauru Airlines plane a water cannon honor.

This was followed by diplomats, relatives and friends waiting to greet her on the tarmac outside the VIP lounge at the airport.

This segued into a many hour “rally” or parade through Majuro, with dozens of vehicles honking horns and carrying welcome signs, much to the delight of many hundreds of onlookers who lined the streets as Miss Marshall Islands welcome home parade passed by.

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