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Invictus Games: Honoring & Acknowledging the Wounded Warrior

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The Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event featuring multiple sports, were held in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada from September 23-30, highlighting the skills and efforts of wounded veterans from around the world. On the official games website, Prince Harry was quoted saying, “Time and time again, competitors from around the world tell me that sport has saved them; that the Invictus Games have given them a new lease on life; and that to represent their country again with fellow comrades is something they could only have dreamt of while lying in hospital.”

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games: Honoring & Acknowledging the Wounded Warrior

Photo: Facebook/Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Coming to a close on Saturday, September 30, the games marked their third successful event in which injured, sick, or wounded armed services personnel took part in a number of sports such as wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, and sitting volleyball, to name a few. Prince Harry and his advisors created the games to allow for the participation of these individuals, naming them “Invictus” which is Latin for “undefeated” or “unconquered.” The first of these events were held in London, England in 2014, and the second in Orland, Florida, here in the U.S. in 2016.

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games: Honoring & Acknowledging the Wounded Warrior

Photo: Facebook/Invictus Games Toronto 2017

The prince is a veteran of service himself, through efforts in Afghanistan, and created these games to help inspire soldiers toward their goal of recovery. Of the 550 competitors hailing from 17 countries and competing in 12 sports, there was, of course, some notable competition. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Stewart, who did basic training in San Antonio, Texas, raced a recumbent bicycle and swam in events at these Invictus Games. All event results have been posted to the official games website, for which a link is provided here.

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games: Honoring & Acknowledging the Wounded Warrior
Photo: Facebook/Stacey Laforme Via Tom Sandler

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