The Invictus Games
Local News | Thursday, 11 September 2014 |
By A church member
What a privilege and joy it was to watch the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games on TV. The first games of its kind here in the UK . The games were set up by Prince Harry especially for our wounded service men and women who have put misfortune behind them and are surging forward with their seemingly, shattered lives. Missing (I am glad to say) were the glary, staged performances, along with all the flash razzmatazz that usually accompanies this sort of occasion, instead we witnessed what England does best, staging simple but thoughtful and meaningful settings which reflect the forthcoming events. How inspiring to hear the Invictus poem read out so eloquently by the English TV and Stage actor Idris Elba. This moving poem was written in 1875 by the English poet William Ernest Henley, who had a leg amputated following bone-tuberculosis complications and is truly wonderful to read or listen too.
Watching just a few of the men and women who are preparing for the competitions tell their amazing stories of their fight and determination to overcome their adversities are an inspiration to us all. As I watched the perfectly timed flypast of the RAF Red Arrow team I felt my spirits lift, it all left me feeling extremely proud to be British. I sincerely look forward to watching as much of the games as possible, as I feel it will be my small way of showing support for all those brave and courageous people who have risked their lives and paid the price for the safety and security of others… Congratulations to those who instigate this event and have helped put the Invictus Games on the map.