Megan Markle and Prince Harry had a rare meeting with a black tie in New York tonight at the Congratulations on Freedom gala concert. And while the press photographers took pictures the arrival of the couple at the Intrepid Museum for the event, the non-profit organization of the Archewell couple has just shared intimate photos taken by Lee Morgan, which demonstrate the dynamics of the two from the inside. Megan and Harry almost always hold hands in the photos they take. (Megan, by the way, is in a stunning Carolina Herrera dress.)
Harry gave a speech at the gala, where he touched on his military experience and time spent in the United States (Megan and Harry moved to California in 2020 after retiring from their senior roles in the royal family.)
Thank you, Ken, for your kind introduction – my wife and I are so grateful for your ongoing partnership, and we all deeply appreciate Fisher House’s longstanding commitment to military families. Every night, 1,000 families sleep in Fisher’s house. It is no exaggeration to say that your services literally keep families together when they need it most – so thank you!
We also thank the Intrepid Museum for providing a community center for those who have served, and all the people and organizations here tonight who are dedicated to wrapping a sense of support around servicemen after they leave office. Those who serve and who have served offer so much to their communities, the general public and the private sector. As for me, they never give up their commitments and ethics, because the values and principles of service are rooted in each of them and every business would be happy to have them.
We are here tonight to honor a group of men and women whose lives are determined by service, purpose, and resilience. Tonight is around [the honorees].
As many of us see it, the service is not noisy. Service is what happens in silence and when people are not watching. It’s about how we take care of each other every day. It’s about the camaraderie we share – laughter, comfort, pain, challenge and yes, jokes.
All my time in the military and then I realized and realized that for many who have served or still serve – it may not feel right to stand out among the team and be recognized. But you deserve to be – and tonight, whether you like it or not, it happens. So, soak it up!
I would also like to talk briefly about something else that existed until recently in the dark: the invisible wounds to which we are all susceptible. The scars inside that no one sees. For too long, invisible injuries were treated as just that – invisible – and were meant to be swept under the rug at risk of shame, guilt, or simply a lack of understanding.
But now we know that the mind is just like a muscle. He experiences trauma and pain, whether in conflict or at home, whether in uniform or not. He needs training … as well as recovery and care, no matter who you are or whatever you do. Our physical and mental health are the same, and as much as we strive to be physically fit, we must be mentally healthy. This is the faith I held when we created HeadFit, the first resource of its kind for military personnel and those working in the UK defense to train their minds just like their bodies. Thus we come to the supreme human performance and unlock an unknown potential in each of us. This is a belief I still hold as I work to increase access to mental fitness tools for everyone around the world with the online learning platform BetterUp.
Many of us in this room understand why servicemen often feel isolated after returning home or after leaving the army. wouldn’t you For years, we (and our families) have focused our entire lives on mission, duty, commitment, and yes, rushing and waiting. And when we return, we long for the same feelings and contribution: self-purpose, focus, service to others, and being part of a team.
I have lived in the United States for almost two years. I must say that I am witnessing your support for all those who are in danger in defending our freedoms and freedoms – this is remarkable and extremely respected. This reminds me of the deep respect we, the British, have for our army. The communities of the armed forces in our two countries share a special bond, and I am grateful to have served to support our common alliance for many years.
As we honor and reflect on Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom, which shares a date tomorrow with Veterans Day here in the United States, my hope is for we all to continue to support the well-being (and acknowledge the value of) our troops, veterans, and the entire family of military and service personnel. We and they are better at it.
I served in the military for 10 years, including two business trips to Afghanistan – one as a FAC on the ground and in the dust with some of you, another as a pilot of an Apache helicopter in the air, supporting and talking to you. Nothing was more valuable than the time I had to spend with my soldiers scraping shells, eating MRE in the back of a tank (thanks for the exchange), flying a mission overhead, knowing that those below were safer. , or arguing to laugh at each other when it was most needed. My experience in the military has made me what I am today, and I will always be grateful for the people I have to serve with – wherever we have been in the world.
But during a war, you also see and experience things that you hope no one else needs. They stay with us, sometimes as a slideshow of images.
That’s why I created Invictus Games. Not only to honor the legacy of those who have given so much, but also to show everyone else what we know: that the men and women who have suffered injuries at work, as well as their families, are the strongest people around the world … and they deserve a platform to be seen, a platform to be recognized, and a platform to really be celebrated.
In doing so, we can continue to be inspired by their resilience and humility.
In the same vein, tonight I am proud to present the Intrepid Valor Award for 2021. the strongest people on board this ship.
You have experienced, seen and dealt with things that few have had to do – although the crises we are increasingly experiencing as communities are felt not only by those in the military world, but by all.
However, you are part of an eternal relationship. You are part of the team. And we will always hold your back. You are not alone.
Now let’s hear their stories. Please welcome our winners, one by one, to the stage.
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