Today, November 11, is a day for reflection, honor, and admiration in many countries around the world.
In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Nations, it is Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of those who died in world wars and in conflict. Families wear the Remembrance Poppy to memorialize soldiers whose lives have been taken, many lay wreaths, and coinciding with the moment when the Armistice was signed to end World War I—”the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”—there’s a period of silence and quiet observance at ceremonies held in the U.K. and across the world.
In the United States, it is Veterans Day, a national holiday to recognize and applaud all veterans of the U.S. military. Around the country, local communities gather and host events to celebrate those who served. And today at Arlington National Cemetery—which holds an annual ceremony to honor men and women who have worn the uniform during war and peacetime—the sacred Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is turning 100-years old.
Throughout the week, and in reflection of each of these days, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have committed themselves to remembering, appreciating, and supporting servicemembers, veterans, and military families.
Yesterday, they attended the Salute To Freedom gala aboard the historic USS Intrepid aircraft carrier in New York City. There, The Duke awarded valiant members of the military community who are living with invisible wounds of war.
“As we honour and reflect on Remembrance Day in the UK, which shares a date with Veterans Day here in the US, my hope is for all of us to continue to support the wellbeing and recognise the value of our troops, veterans, and the entire military and service family. We and they are better for it.”Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex
And today, The Duke and Duchess visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehust in New Jersey, where they met and spoke with servicemembers and had lunch with military families.
The Duke and Duchess believe that supporting the military community—which has supported, protected, and defended us—is among the most solemn obligations we have. Throughout the year, they have met with, volunteered alongside, and advocated for all those who have served or still do.