Saturday, 13 September 2014

Invictus Games - Opening Ceremony

Wednesday evening saw me heading to the Olympic Park now called Queen Elizabeth Park for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.  The Opening ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the park.
The games are the inspiration of HRH Prince Harry and are the 'Olympics' for wounded military from across the world. The films running across the stage showcasing some of the athletes participating were inspirational, humbling and emotional... a preview of what the 4 days of competition would be.
The games opened to a fanfare from the British military bands, full of pomp, circumstance  showcasing  why our military is one of the best in the world.
With the Royal Family arriving onto the stage it was time for the games to begin... with a Red Arrows fly past across the East London sky.
Opening highlights for me were Idris Elber riding out to the podium and reading the Invictus poem to all ... The Invictus poem written by William Ernest Henley.
It was now time to welcome the athletes into the arena to loud applause and cheers. This was so emotional, was incredibly proud to be cheering and clapping these heroes into their stage.
It was given to Michelle Obama (via VL) to introduce Prince Harry to the stage and thank him on behalf of the countries represented for the Invictus Games.
 
Here's Harry's speech.

With the games declared opened....courtesy of Harry and a gun salute from the Queens horses and lots of ticker tape....it was time to head home, emotional but so proud to have been a part of such a humbling, inspiring evening.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Invictus Games - Opening Ceremony

Wednesday evening saw me heading to the Olympic Park now called Queen Elizabeth Park for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games.  The Opening ceremony was held on the South Lawn of the park.
The games are the inspiration of HRH Prince Harry and are the 'Olympics' for wounded military from across the world. The films running across the stage showcasing some of the athletes participating were inspirational, humbling and emotional... a preview of what the 4 days of competition would be.
The games opened to a fanfare from the British military bands, full of pomp, circumstance  showcasing  why our military is one of the best in the world.
With the Royal Family arriving onto the stage it was time for the games to begin... with a Red Arrows fly past across the East London sky.
Opening highlights for me were Idris Elber riding out to the podium and reading the Invictus poem to all ... The Invictus poem written by William Ernest Henley.
It was now time to welcome the athletes into the arena to loud applause and cheers. This was so emotional, was incredibly proud to be cheering and clapping these heroes into their stage.
It was given to Michelle Obama (via VL) to introduce Prince Harry to the stage and thank him on behalf of the countries represented for the Invictus Games.
 
Here's Harry's speech.

With the games declared opened....courtesy of Harry and a gun salute from the Queens horses and lots of ticker tape....it was time to head home, emotional but so proud to have been a part of such a humbling, inspiring evening.

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