content-header__row content-header__hed” data-testid=”ContentHeaderHed”>Prince Harry Gets Busy Honoring His Commitments to VeteransThis week, the prince quietly volunteered for one charity and later gave a speech for another.
November 19, 2020
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex poses for a photograph with a competitor as he attends the launch of Team UK for the Invictus Games on October 29, 2019 in London.Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.
On November 8, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went to the Los Angeles National Cemetery to show their respects at the graves of two Commonwealth veterans. Though Harry was not reportedly not allowed to have a wreath laid in his name at the royal family’s Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day observances, it was yet another sign that Harry continues to honor his duties despite his royal exit and the pandemic. Again this week, Harry was busy proving exactly how deep his commitment to veterans runs.
Last Friday, the duke was spotted volunteering for the Walker Family Events Foundation, a Compton-based charity that assists veterans experiencing homelessness or other hardships. In his typical post-royal uniform of a polo, a pair of jeans, and a baseball cap, Harry packed meal kits. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Harry came to the event as a part of his work with the Mission Continues Service Platoons, an organization that connects vets with community organizations doing work nearby.
On Wednesday night, he dressed up to honor his commitment in a glitzier way. During the Stand Up For Heroes comedy night hosted by Jon Stewart, he gavea speech that discussed his own military service. Bob Woodward, the ABC News correspondent who was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq, introduced Harry with a joke: “When I say that he’s a true prince of a man, I mean that literally." Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Ray Romano also joined the live-streamed celebration.
In his speech, Harry was effusive about the effect serving in the military had on his character. “My experience in the military made me who I am today – and it also connected me with some of the strongest, funniest, and most memorable people I’ve ever met,” he said. “[My military] experience changed my life forever and for the better. It changed how I viewed sacrifice and service. I was born into a life of duty, but it was during my decade in the army that I committed to a life of service.” He also discussed his experiences with the Invictus Games, the athletic for wounded service members that he started in 2014. The fifth Games were due to take place in May 2020, but were postponed to next year due to the pandemic.
Though the year was clearly difficult for Harry—he was stripped of his military titles and saw both Prince Charles and Prince William battle the coronavirus—he also discussed how impressed he was by the outpouring of service he’s seen around the world. “For the whole world, this year has been and continues to be incredibly hard,” he said. “But we’ve also seen incredible resilience and purpose. As far as I see it, service is what happens in the quiet and in the chaos. It’s what happens when people aren’t looking and it’s about how we take care of each other every single day.”
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