Prince Harry was in Washington on Monday night to receive an award for the work he does with servicemen and women through The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The award was given by The Atlantic Society; General Colin Powell was there to introduce the Prince and to give him the award.
Prince Harry accepted the award on behalf of his brother Prince William, the Foundation and “all those on both sides of the Atlantic who work so tirelessly to support our wounded veterans”.
The Foundation has had charitable status since 2009. As well as its work with veterans, the foundation also focuses on working with young people and sustainable development.
Prince Harry works with many charities that work to help rehabilitate injured veterans and has worked with Walking with the Wounded, Help For Heroes and ABT The Soldiers’ Charity; it was also announced earlier this year that the foundation would also be working with The Forces in Mind Trust.
It was first announced in a press release on 23 April that Prince Harry would be receiving the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadershipfor his humanitarian and charitable work. During the speech, a humble Prince Harry said:
“…So it is with great humility that I accept this award. Genuinely, I don’t feel that I have done nearly enough to deserve it. But I am immensely grateful to Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Senator Chuck Hagel, the President Fred Kempe, and the Board of the Atlantic Council for according me this great honour…”
“… The very least we owe them is to make sure that they and their brave families have everything they need through the darkest days – and, in time, regain the hope and confidence to flourish again. For these selfless people, it is after the guns have fallen silent, the din of battle quietened, that the real fight begins – a fight that may last for the rest of their lives.
We will all continue to support our armed forces in defence of freedom at home and abroad, but sooner or later the coverage of them in the media will diminish or cease as coalition forces withdraw from Afghanistan. They will no longer be at the forefront of our minds. But the injuries left from a 7.62 round, an IED, watching a fellow comrade injured or killed—these are experiences that remain with you for life, both physically and mentally.
We must be there for our Servicemen and women, and their families, standing shoulder to shoulder with them. British and American forces train together, fight together and, tragically, some are wounded and some die together. It makes perfect sense to me, therefore, that we should wherever possible and appropriate work together, by pooling our expertise and experience, to heal and support the wounded veterans of both our Nations – truly, brothers and sisters-in-arms…”
The rest of the speech can be read here.