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Prince Harry and First Lady Michelle Obama Kick Off the 2016 Invictus Games

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On May 09, 2016
Prince Harry and First Lady Michelle Obama Kick Off the 2016 Invictus Games

Something magical took place on Sunday night in Orlando, and it didn’t include a new Disney sensation.

Prince Harry kicked off the second annual Invictus Games on May 8th which were held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World. Prince Harry initially launched the event in March 2014 to support the wounded, injured, and sick veteran participants in the world.

The royal enlisted the help of many powerful leaders and entertainers including First Lady Michelle Obama for the second Invictus Games. The First Lady and Prince Harry have used the higher profile of the Second Invictus Games to tackle mental illness and other “invisible injuries”.

When welcomed on the stage by Prince Harry, Obama applauded the Prince for his hard work.

“I, of course, want to start by thanking Prince Harry for his outstanding leadership and for bringing the Invictus Games here to Orlando,” she said. “He is truly our Prince Charming, isn’t he? And he should be proud of himself for this work.”

She also showered the veterans with her love.

“I want to honor all of you – extraordinary service members, veterans & military families.

I’m inspired by the wounded warriors and caregivers who show such strength and resilience.”

Also amongst the prestigious crowd was former President George Bush, who was this year’s honorary chair along with his wife, Laura Bush, and renowned actor Morgan Freeman who served as an Invictus Games Ambassador.

Seeing that Prince Harry was in the British Army for ten years, and was deployed to Afghanistan twice, who better than him to create a movement in support of the negative effects war has on all servicemen.

“I cannot tell you how proud and excited I am to open the second Invictus Games here in the America,” he said aloud to the crowd. “I’m a long way from London tonight. But when I look out and I see so many familiar faces, servicemen and women, their friends and their families and all the people who have got them here – I feel like I’m at home.”

He then went on to share his own experience of witnessing the sacrifices that were made in an effort to serve ones’ country.

“I served alongside soldiers from all over the world. I saw the sacrifices you and your families made to serve your nations. I learned about the importance of teamwork and camaraderie in a way that only military service can teach you,” he continued. “When I traveled back from the battlefield on a plane carrying the body of a Danish soldier and three young Brits, fighting for their lives, I began to understand the real, permanent cost of war.”

Fortunately, the Royal is now in a place where he is able to assist his military family, which he stated was the main reason he wanted to create the Invictus Games.

 “What I learned through serving was that the extraordinary privileges of being a Prince gave me an extraordinary opportunity to help my military family,” he said. “That’s why I had to create the Invictus Games—to build a platform for all those who have served to prove to the world what they have to offer.”

Prince Harry also loved being back in Orlando because of the many happy memories he has going there as a child with his late mother, Princess Diana.

The four-day games include eight different sports, and will highlight competition and camaraderie. It includes 500 competitions from 14 different nations. The event is expected to be larger than the 2014 inaugural competition and promises to be a sight to behold.

Cover Photo Credit: Splash News