~~May 9, 2016~~
WE ARE INVICTUS
Memorable moments from Invictus Opening Ceremony
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Invictus Games were created to honor, educate and inspire, and the Opening Ceremony of this year’s event delivered the message with flying colors.
First lady Michelle Obama, Britain’s Prince Harry and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman delivered stirring speeches after performances from the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, soprano Laura Wright and singer-songwriter James Blunt.
“Let’s put on a hell of a show in honor of our fallen comrades who didn’t make it,” Prince Harry said.
“We are Invictus.”
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The most powerful moment arguably belonged to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr., who took the stage to a standing ovation and silenced the crowd with the story of his injury and subsequent months long coma and rehabilitation.
He described how he was severely burned when his vehicle struck a land mine in Afghanistan in 2005, followed by an arduous road to recovery.
Del Toro said the only time he doubted his resolve was when he saw his scarred face and worried how son Israel Del Toro III, who was 3 years old at the time, would react. Del Toro thanked wife Carmen and Izzy, now 13, for their love and care.
Most of the 10,000 or so spectators stood for the entire roll call of 14 participating nations — Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States — as nearly 500 competitors and their families entered Champion Stadium at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Freeman powerfully orated the Invictus Pledge to the crowd to help conclude the ceremony:
Your service sets an example
Your bravery inspires me
It is my honor now
To support and give you courage
To fight for you as you fought for us
To keep your family close beside
To take the steps you need to take
I am here for you
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Prince Harry and Michelle Obama speeches at the Invictus Games Orlando Opening Ceremony
~~Published on May 9, 2016~~
What an incredible start to the Invictus Games 2016 – the spectacular opening ceremony in Orlando launches four days of sporting competition between injured servicemen and women and veterans from 14 countries.
During the games, more than 500 competitors from countries including Italy, Germany, Australia, Estonia, Jordan and the UK and Afghanistan will compete in 10 events – archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis.
~~Invictus Games Opening Ceremony Highlights~~
~~Published on May 9, 2016~~
Sites and sounds from this year’s Invictus Games Opening Ceremonies.
We ALL are ONE!!