(LONDON) — Prince Harry is a man on a mission, but Thursday morning, instead of fighting for his country on the battlefield he’s fighting to raise awareness for our wounded heroes.
The 29-year-old prince is spearheading the upcoming Invictus Games.
The games, taking place at London’s Olympic Park from Sept. 10-14, will showcase injured service men and women from 14 countries competing in everything from cycling, wheelchair basketball and rugby to sitting volleyball and swimming.
Invictus means “unconquered” and Prince Harry hopes the games will help motivate those who fought together and are now working to overcome their injuries.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin has penned the opening anthem for the Invictus Games and the competition will culminate with a concert headlined by The Foo Fighters and some of music’s most famous acts.
The cause of helping wounded soldiers is one close to Harry’s heart. He joined the British Army in May 2005 and rose to the rank of Apache helicopter commander in July after three years of training. The British Defense Ministry named Harry the best front-seat pilot, or co-pilot gunner, in February 2012 from his class of more than 20 fellow Apache helicopter pilots.
The prince returned to England in January 2013 from a five-month deployment to Afghanistan with the Royal Air Force’s 662 Squadron of the Army Air Corps, where he served as an Apache co-pilot gunner.
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