Prince Harry Celebrates 5th Anniversary Of Invictus Games With Amazing Speech
On September 10 2019, the 5th anniversary of the first ever Invictus Games, Prince Harry met up with past and present competitors for a reception at The Guildhall. At the event, the Duke of Sussex delivered a moving speech.
Five years ago, on September 10 2014, Prince Harry kicked off the Invictus Games in London for the first time. The Paralympic-style competition for veterans and active service members has been growing ever since - reason enough to celebrate the 5th anniversary in a fitting way. For the occasion, the Duke of Sussex invited past and present competitors, as well as their families, to The Guildhall.
Prince Harry delivered an inspiring speech
"I think, in the last five years, these guys have completely changed how we view disability, how we view mental health. This is all them," the Duke said in an impressive speech. "We merely created a platform in order for them to shine and it’s genuinely been one of the greatest honors of my life to get to know all you guys and to see you through this process. We’ve had some laughs, we’ve had some tears, and I can’t ever thank you enough for the impact that you have had across the world, to be able to create better understanding for those people who put the uniform on."
Prince Harry was inspired by the U.S. Warrior Games in 2013
Prince Harry first had the idea for the Invictus Games in 2013 when he traveled to the United States and watched a British team compete in the similar Warrior Games in 2013.
"What a huge amount has happened in five years. Medals have been won, children have been born..." Prince Harry continued his emotional speech. "But one thing that hasn’t happened is limbs haven’t grown back. But one thing I can assure you is that mental heath has completely changed with every single one of these individuals."
Prince Harry also talked about the Invictus Games on Instagram
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Today marks the 5 year anniversary of the #InvictusGames! These games have made it possible for thousands of wounded and injured servicemen and women to use the power of sport to rehabilitate themselves and those around them, while inspiring people all over the world. • "Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the Invictus movement, from you the competitors and your families, to the thousands of volunteers and supporters - you have all guarded the Invictus spirit, while creating a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country at home or abroad. Thank you for the inspiration, thank you for the laughs and thank you for the memories! I'm so proud of everything we've achieved together. Once served always serving!" - The Duke of Sussex The @WeAreInvictusGames was founded by The Duke of Sussex in 2014 after he saw the power of sport in recovery while visiting the warrior games in Colorado Springs USA. The Duke was so moved by what he witnessed, he felt inspired to expand this concept on a global scale. Since then this non profit organisation has staged games in London Orlando Toronto and Sydney and next year's games will be held in The Hague in May 2020. . #FavouriteInvictusMoment Video ©️ SussexRoyal