The Duke of Sussex said the Covid-19 pandemic had ‘changed the lives of so many people’ as he spoke at an event honoring those participating in the Warrior Games.
Harry, who spent 10 years in the military, co-hosted a virtual event for the Games, which celebrates the wounded in active service and US military service veterans.
Appearing alongside U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Fisher House Foundation CEO Ken Fisher, the Duke said the Warrior Games were the inspiration behind the Invictus Games , which were first held in London in 2014.
The Duke was scheduled to attend the 2021 Warrior Games in Orlando, Florida, but they were canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
He said: “I am so sorry that we are not all together at the Warrior Games where we should be.
“The pandemic has certainly changed or disrupted the lives of so many people.
“I will never forget that first visit I had to the Warrior Games, which inspired me to create the Invictus Games and the Invictus Games would never have been created if I had not been inspired by each of them. between you, and your companions, and families for all that you give in the service of this country.
Harry was inspired to found the World Tournament after attending the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013 and seeing how injured US servicemen succeeded in meeting the challenge of participating in competitive sports that aided their recovery.
It celebrates the “resilience and dedication of wounded, ill and injured US servicemen and veterans.”
It is about taking care of our physical and mental form of those who have sacrificed so much.
He said, “It’s not about the medals. It’s not even so much about winning, as far as most of us are concerned you’ve already won.
“These games are so important, whether it’s the Warrior Games, whether it’s the Invictus Games, it’s ultimately the call back to service, both at home and abroad.
“It’s about taking care of our physical and mental shape.
“And that, again, is not just about those who wear the uniform, but all of you. Because as we know, once served, always at the service and this crosses the entire family network.
Speaking at the start of the event, Dr Biden said: “Twenty years ago our world collapsed and the shockwaves of 9/11 continue today, but while the President and I visited the 9/11 memorials this weekend, I remembered the humanity shining through the inhumanity of that day.
“There was a call to stand up for the values we hold dear as we wage a global war on terrorism and a group of brave men and women stepped forward to say ‘Me, I’ll go.’
“And that includes you, Harry, you live by a simple principle, serve together, recuperate together.”
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