Meghan Markle and Prince Harry publicly marked Veterans Day and Remembrance Day by sharing a message on the website of their organisation, Archewell. The Duke and Duchess of Sussexs’ post, simply titled Remembrance Day, read: “On this Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, we honor servicemembers across the world.
“These brave men and women, as well as their families, have made tremendous sacrifices and embody duty and service.
“We are proud to work with so many organizations that support veterans and military families, including: The Invictus Games Foundation, The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Scotty’s Little Soldiers and The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation. Today and every day, thank you for your service.”
The message was accompanied by a black-and-white picture by Chris Allerton, who has often taken snaps of the pair.
It shows the couple joined by a small crowd as they stand in front of military personnel, including an officer holding the US flag.
This brief post was hugely appreciated by fans of the Sussexes and organisations they work withh.
Among these, The Mission Continues – which supports veterans volunteers working in under-resourced communities – took to Twitter to say: “We are eternally grateful for Archewell’s support and recognition of our mission to empower veterans. Thank you!”
Both Remembrance Day and Veterans Day fall on November 11. However, Remembrance Day is marked in the UK and Commonwealth member states to honour those who have lost their lives in conflict since World War 1, while Veterans Day is observed in the US to celebrate the service of all the military veterans in the country.
This isn’t the first time Meghan and Harry have honoured the veterans and the fallen after relinquishing their senior roles within the Firm in the spring of 2020.
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On November 8, 2020, the pair paid a visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery – the same day full-time working royals headed to the Cenotaph for the National Service of Remembrance.
The Duke and Duchess were photographed laying flowers on the gravesites of two Commonwealth soldiers with a wreath, which bore the message “To all of those who have served, and are serving. Thank you”.
In November last year, Meghan and Harry visited the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst army base in New Jersey, where they met military personnel and their spouses, discussing the importance of mental health support and community.
The pair also walked down the red carpet at the Intrepid Museum’s 2021 Salute to Freedom gala in New York, where Harry presented the Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families “living with the invisible wounds of war”.
Prince Harry, who served 10 years in the Army and took part in two tours in Afghanistan, has made supporting veterans and military personnel a key part of his charity work.
In 2014, he launched the first Invictus Games, a multi-sport tournament open to ill, sick and wounded soldiers and veterans, which the Duke said in a speech at the launch would aim to “demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability”.
Among other initiatives the Duke has championed is HeadFIT, an online platform developed with the Ministry of Defence to help Army personnel take care of their mental health as much as their physical one.
Meghan has also been supportive of the Armed Forces over the years.
In 2014, when she was working as an actress in the legal drama Suits, she embarked in the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) tour, which provides entertainment to service personnel and their families. She visited troops stationed in five countries – Spain, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan and the UK.
The Duke and Duchess will not be at tonight’s Festival of Remembrance held at the Royal Albert Hall nor at the Cenotaph tomorrow, where King Charles will lead the country in commemorating the fallen.