Prince William Gives Moving Speech to Military Heroes

  December 16, 2009 at 12:28 am by

Tuesday evening, British royal brothers, Princes William and Harry, attended the Sun Military Awards to pay tribute to the UK’s servicemen and women. The star-studded event was held at the Imperial War Museum, and was hosted by The Sun newspaper.

William told the troops it was “a privilege and an honor” to wear the same uniform as them.

“This country is blessed with its Armed Forces,” the future King said in a speech.

“These are not just words. It is the truth. Your unremitting pursuit of excellence, your humanity, your humility, your extraordinary self-discipline, your camaraderie – regardless of background – mark you out as amongst the very best in our society.

“Your loyalty to one another will mean the difference between life and death. The example you show us has penetrated the national psyche. It has drawn the British people together in an extraordinary way.

“The magnificent response up and down the country on Armistice Day this year bears powerful testimony to this. So I would say that, although you serve the country, you also show us the way.”

Prince William himself is training to be a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the RAF. Younger brother Harry served in Afghanistan in 2007.

One of the soldiers honored was Royal Marine Ben McBean, who lost an arm and a leg after stepping on a landmine in Afghanistan last year. He returned home with Harry, who called the Marine, a “true hero.”

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