Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time for the 2014 London Invictus Games! Please keep calm and continue to read the article. There will be time allotted for a momentary loss of composure once you finish.
The colossal opening ceremony for this year’s games featured appearances from actor Iris Elba, a flyover by the Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team
, a ceremonial display by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, and Prince Harry himself!
Invictus Games, to further explain, brings together approximately 430 active duty and veteran service members from thirteen nations to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre. The event is being held from 10 – 14 September 2014.
Servicemen and women, participating in the inaugural Invictus Games, are those who have overcome adversity in every sense of the word. Be it either wounded, ill, or injured, these warriors have found themselves an invitation to compete in the games and represent their country, service, and comrades.
They are battling face-to-face in multiple sports, including, seated volleyball, swimming, and track and field, just to name a few.
The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. These mothers, husbands, fathers, and teammates, will help one another grow as individuals, build comradery, and enjoy a little healthy competition from those countries we’ve shared yet another battlefield with.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!