Prince Harry and First Lady Jill Biden are joining forces to honor wounded service members.
The duo recently participated in a virtual event to recognize athletes who were slated to participate in this year's Warrior Games, an annual event that "celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members." But since the affair was postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19 concerns, Harry opted to show his support with a very special message for the athletes, who also tuned into the livestream.
Around the 36-minute mark, the duke began, "I am so sorry that we're not all together at the Warrior Games, where we should be," he said. "The pandemic has certainly changed, or flipped life upside down for so many people. We all know how important the training is for these moments. It's not about the medals. It's not even so much about the winning. As far as most of us are concerned, you guys have already won."
Harry then went into detail about how the Warrior Games inspired him to create the Invictus Games, a similar international sporting event that was founded in 2014. He added, "The Invictus Games never would've been created had I not been inspired by every single one of you, and your companions and your families, and everything that you give in service to this country. These games are so important, whether it's the Warrior Games or the Invictus Games. It is the ultimate reminder of service both at home and overseas. It is about the physical and the mental fitness of those who have sacrificed so much."
The duke also added a touching statement about how the players continue to inspire him. He said, "Thank you for showing us the way. You guys are leaders in every aspect of your lives, both while serving and within your communities as well."
During the virtual event, Biden also recalled attending one of the first games. She said, "It's hard to believe it's been seven years since the first Invictus Games in London. The memories of it are still so fresh in my mind. Every race and game more thrilling than the last."
Fortunately for us, the athletes will be back in action when the games return in 2022 in Germany. We'll be counting down the days.
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