Friday, June 25, 2010

Prince Harry in NYC

Prince Harry of Wales begins a three-day visit to New York City today. The focus of the trip is to show support for British and American veterans. According to the Daily Telegraph, the 25-year-old Prince "will use the visit as a fact-finding mission to see if charities on both sides of the Atlantic that help returning wounded servicemen might be able to work together.
During the next few days, Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan for ten weeks in late 2007. will meet wounded solders, army cadets and "supporters of America's injured servicemen."
Later today, Prince Harry will visit the U.S. military academy at West Point. He is accompanied on this trip by two British officers were were wounded in battle, and now work to "improve conditions for fellow injured servicemen and women in the U.K."
Prince Harry will also visit the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, where he will be the best of honor at a reception to support American and British veterans.
The Prince's private secretary Jamie Lowether-Pinkerton released a statement to the media: "As Prince Harry knows very well for himself, US and British soldiers, sailors and airmen fight together daily on the front line in Afghanistan.
"Tragically, all too often, they are also wounded together, and their immediate treatment in theatre is very often undertaken using shared resources.
"But their contact with one another normally ceases when they get back to their respective countries for the long months and years of rehabilitation.
"Prince Harry wants to explore what, if anything, can be done to strengthen and widen the transatlantic peer group, to help, through the exchange of ideas and techniques, and basic camaraderie, the wounded servicemen and women of both countries to regain confidence and set themselves on the path to recovery and a full and satisfying future."
The final public event will be on Sunday when the Prince takes part in the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic, which will benefit the American Friends of Sentabale, the US branch of the charity he co-founded. The polo match will take place on Governor's Island.

Did someone not tell Prince Harry that the place to meet wounded servicemen and women is in Washington, D.C, at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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