The Invictus Games, Part I.

5BRITAIN-MILITARY-DISABLED-GAMES-ATHLETICS 3 4Invictus Games:  AthleticsYesterday was the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games. The games, which have wounded servicemen and women compete, is one of Prince Harry’s patronages, and one he holds very dear to his heart.

In his speech, Harry, who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, said: “Over the past eight years, I have witnessed the whole cycle of life changing injury; evacuating soldiers and local Afghans to hospital; flying home from Afghanistan with some of those critically injured; meeting others in hospital coming to terms with life changing injuries; and finally trying to keep up with twelve wounded veterans on our way to the South Pole.

“I can only begin to imagine how challenging the journey of recovery is, but the admiration I have for these men and women, to move beyond their injuries, is limitless.”

He told how he had been inspired by the Warrior Games in the US. “Seeing people who, only months earlier, had been told they’d never walk again, now winning medals in front of their family and friends was breath taking.

“I knew that anyone would be inspired by what these men and women had achieved, not just other servicemen and women, but all those adjusting to life post injury.”

He told the competitors in London: “The British public’s support for our servicemen and women has been exceptional; I know they will show you the same over the coming days.

“Finally, I would like to thank you for the tremendous example you set. Your stories move, inspire and humble us.  You prove that anything is possible, if you have the will.” (Express)