Prince Harry and the active followers on Instagram

Prince Harry made a truly passionate speech at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, September 23. He spoke out about what the competition means to not only him, but the competitors and all the active followers on Instagram are going crazy.

The former army officer created the games specifically for injured, hurt and sick armed services personnel after serving in Afghanistan in 2008. He gave a moving tribute to the hundreds of competitors: “Invictus is about the dedication of the men and women who served their countries, confronted hardship and refused to be defined by their injuries. Invictus is about the families and friends who face the shock of learning that their loved ones have been injured or fallen ill and then rally to support them on their journey of recovery. And above all, Invictus is about the example to the world that all servicemen and women, injured or not, provide above the importance of service and duty.”

The prince communicated to the active followers on Instagram how seeing three brutally injured British soldiers while waiting to deploy to Afghanistan impacted his viewpoint. “The way I viewed service and sacrifice changed forever, and the direction of my life changed with it. I knew it was my responsibility to use a great platform that I have to help the world understand and be inspired by the spirit of those who wear the uniform,” he said. “In the world where so many have reasons to feel cynical, and apathetic, I wanted to find a way for veterans to be a beacon of light and show us all that we have a role to play.”

Active followers on Instagram

Active followers on Instagram

“In the days ahead, I know many of you will experience Invictus for the first time. I hope you are ready,” he continued. “I hope you are ready for some fierce competition. I hope you are ready to see the meaning of teamwork, the proof that anything is possible when we work together. I hope you are ready to see courage and determination that will inspire you to power through the challenges in your own life. I hope you are ready to see the role models in action that any parent would want their children to look up to. And I hope you’re ready to see lives changing in front of your eyes.”

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