Soldier to Soldier: Prince Harry Pays His Respects to American Vets
Prince Harry met with disabled vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he joked around in the gym, this afternoon in Bethesda, MD. It was his second public event of the day. This morning, Prince Harry paid his respects to fallen US soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Dressed in his ceremonial Blues and Royals of the British armed services, Harry reflected on the deaths of soldiers in the Afghanistan war and dropped off a wreath at the tomb of an unknown soldier. The Afghanistan conflict is of particular meaning to Harry, as he's done two tours of duty there as a helicopter pilot. He left a message to the fallen at the cemetery, writing on a wreath, "To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom." Later today, he will travel to Colorado for the Warrior Games, a competition for wounded or ill soldiers.
Harry's American tour will also see him visit Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to focus on charity. Yesterday, Harry kicked off his latest stint in America with a handful of political engagements. He started the day touring a land mine exhibit, hosted by the HALO Trust associated with his mother, Princess Diana, alongside Senator John McCain, then surprised military families at a White House reception hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Harry wrapped up his night with a dinner at the British ambassador's home.