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Old 08-21-2018, 01:30 AM
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An Invictus "Walk and Talk" path is being set up at Manly.

This article has the details. (Certainly a lot of promotion going on here in Oz about the games.) -

https://m.manlyaustralia.com.au/news...walk-and-talk/

Manly was the beach William and Kate visited - and in the seat of who was then the Prime Minister.

Bondi is being touted as where Harry and Meghan will visit - the beach in the seat of the current Prime Minister.

(And I think this will happen, as there has been great rivalry between these two politicians. I can't see the current one not getting the same show out there.)
The interesting thing about this visit is that it's a combination of a charity organization visit with an official visit. They'll be events just on behalf of IG, but also official events mixed in. I'll be interested to see how the scheduling and events work when they are in Australia. More information will probably be released next month or early October.
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:40 AM
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The Invictus organization has just thanked one of Sydney's High Schools for purchasing one thousand tickets to the games.

Baulkham Hills High School is going to attend five days of events.

The Education Department and the Premier and Cabinet of NSW have combined to help promote the games, so maybe more schools will be involved by the time things kick off in a few more months -

https://education.nsw.gov.au/teachin...invictus-games
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:45 AM
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I am just so over the moon at how involved and how much attention is being done in the lead up to the Invictus Games in Sydney. It seems like the entire country just about is gearing up for it and supporting it and just plain can't wait for it all to happen.

Now *that* is what I call backing a charitable event. Hats off to the Aussies!!!
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:02 AM
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I am just so over the moon at how involved and how much attention is being done in the lead up to the Invictus Games in Sydney. It seems like the entire country just about is gearing up for it and supporting it and just plain can't wait for it all to happen.

Now *that* is what I call backing a charitable event. Hats off to the Aussies!!!
Yes Osipi, it seems to me to be getting a lot of official support - and that is wonderful for the participants and their families.

I like that schools are involved - and our national broadcaster, the ABC.

I hope it is a big, big success for everyone, not least Harry.

And for all the people involved in actually staging it.

As it is still some time off, I'm expecting more and more coverage, announcements etc. as we get closer and closer.

I read that five hundred people participated in the official opening of the Manly "Walk and Talk" project, so that got good support.

And I've seen video of people exchanging their coins for the Invictus ones, but I couldn't post the link.

A lot of goodwill is building I think.

And it's just been announced today that David Beckham is the official ambassador for the Sydney games, so that will lead to more publicity no doubt.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap...tus-Games.html
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Old 08-21-2018, 05:53 PM
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A new scholarship has been introduced in association with the Sydney Invictus Games - by the University of New South Wales Sydney/University of New South Wales Canberra.

(For veterans making the transition from service to civilian life.)

https://unsw.adfa.edu.au/unsw-canber...ark-down-under
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Old 08-21-2018, 06:54 PM
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Really looking forward to IGs. It’s a wonderful event!
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:08 PM
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So am I. Many more details to come of course. I'm hoping to see some events and for good weather as well, though the fact it's not being held in the summer months is a bonus.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:13 PM
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I went to some events in Toronto last year & had the best time. Awesome athletes, true warriors! There was also good TV coverage & full internet streaming, so hopefully there’ll be similar this year in Australia.
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Old 08-22-2018, 12:10 AM
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A new scholarship has been introduced in association with the Sydney Invictus Games - by the University of New South Wales Sydney/University of New South Wales Canberra.

(For veterans making the transition from service to civilian life.)

https://unsw.adfa.edu.au/unsw-canber...ark-down-under
And so it grows. From one little acorn of an idea from a veteran himself. That one seed seems to have grown into an immense forest of might oaks and spreading its branches in so many different places.

I do hope that Harry is kept informed of all these wonderful things that are cropping up (it seems daily) in relation to the Sydney Invictus Games. This has to be a sense of immense pride and joy for Harry knowing that something he wanted to start has gained so much momentum over the years that its effects are affecting the entire globe and its service personnel all over for the better.

We've always known the term "lest we forget" when it comes to our fighting forces that protect and serve our freedoms but I think too with things like the Invictus Games and Walking with the Wounded and other various programs for returning soldiers, we're also remembering the words "we won't forget what you've done for us".

Thanks so much Sun Lion for keeping us so up to date with the lead up to the Invictus Games down under. Each report you give reminds me of just how important the work is that this organization does.
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Old 08-22-2018, 02:44 AM
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Great sentiments Osipi.

Here's a heart-warming report on the wonderful ladies of the Queensland RSL who have been busy collecting fabric, and stitching laundry bags for the Invictus Games participants.

Designed with Australian themes, these women have been working for a year to create these bags, so laundry can be done in bulk.

Other states are involved and the aim is to create five hundred - one for each athlete.

What a great momento for them to take home.

I hope all the people quietly working behind the scenes to add to this event get noticed, and their effforts appreciated.

Invictus Games athletes to receive laundry bags sewn by members of RSL Women's auxiliaries - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:07 PM
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A few days ago, to promote the Sydney games, the Invictus flag was raised in various locations in Australia - and also, London, the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Italy, Canada...

Some photos -

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkyRZCXU...pg&name=medium

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkxcouiW...g&name=900x900

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DlBsLaLW...pg&name=medium

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dk4NDsIW...g&name=900x900

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dk0S8kYW...pg&name=medium

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dkw1Y30W...pg&name=medium

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkxAcn3U...pg&name=medium

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DksYaizU...=jpg&name=orig


And more lovely ladies - this time knitting 1,290 yellow poppies for the Sydney Games -

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...bd43ceacbb85df


And the new song from the Invictus choir - and it's top of the iTunes video chart!



https://www.celebretainment.com/musi...7dba27d01.html
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Old 08-22-2018, 10:01 PM
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Great sentiments Osipi.

Here's a heart-warming report on the wonderful ladies of the Queensland RSL who have been busy collecting fabric, and stitching laundry bags for the Invictus Games participants.

Designed with Australian themes, these women have been working for a year to create these bags, so laundry can be done in bulk.

Other states are involved and the aim is to create five hundred - one for each athlete.

What a great momento for them to take home.

I hope all the people quietly working behind the scenes to add to this event get noticed, and their effforts appreciated.

Invictus Games athletes to receive laundry bags sewn by members of RSL Women's auxiliaries - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Wow! Thank you for posting, Sun Lion! That’s amazing! It’s stories like this that still makes me believe in mankind despite all the turbulent things in the world.
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:38 AM
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"I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul"...

The Invictus poem, promoting the Sydney games.

https://www.invictusgames2018.org/the-games/the-poem/

https://images.fineartamerica.com/im...inny-gaura.jpg
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:59 PM
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Maybe Harry and Meghan are going to be staying in that lovely Harbourside mansion when here in Sydney.

Victoria Barracks - in the same area - is to be the Invictus Games headquarters during the games.

And nearby is the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law, which may explain the tour tie-in with Fiji and Tonga.

Here are a couple of photos of Victoria Barracks - where it's being reported Harry and Meghan will be welcomed by the Major-General in charge.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...Barracks_3.JPG

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...oking_East.JPG
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:40 PM
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Early reports that crown prince couple Mary and Fred of Denmark will also join Harry and Meghan in support of Invictus in Australia.

Princess Mary to join Prince Harry Meghan Markle for Invictus Games* | Daily Mail Online

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ne...18b2dd746db3b5
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:48 PM
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This is wonderful news. Of course we know that Mary is a native Australian and putting these two couples together are going to be a powerhouse draw for the Invictus Games in Sydney.

It seems like Harry and Fred got along quite well on his visit not too long ago to Denmark. Perhaps one day Denmark will hold the Invictus Games themselves.
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Old 09-01-2018, 12:59 PM
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This will be the first meeting for Meghan of European royalty. As the future king and queen of Denmark I think Harry and Meghan will be expected to bow and curtsy to them. The protocol police will be out in full force but I think Meghan will nail it.
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Old 09-01-2018, 01:04 PM
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That we know of anyway...they seem to get around very well under the radar.


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Old 09-01-2018, 01:07 PM
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This will be the first meeting for Meghan of European royalty. As the future king and queen of Denmark I think Harry and Meghan will be expected to bow and curtsy to them. The protocol police will be out in full force but I think Meghan will nail it.
Doubt it. Frederick is a future monarch, but his title is Prince right now.
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Old 09-01-2018, 01:09 PM
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That we know of anyway...they seem to get around very well under the radar.


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Given that Harry has no relation to speak of with the continental royals it is unlikely that they spend their time visiting people he hardly ever met.

If he would like to meet people in the same position as he is in (i.e. grandchild of a European monarch by the heir but not in direct line to the throne), he could go and visit prince Sverre Magnus of Norway, prince Oscar of Sweden or one of prince Christian of Denmark's or prince Joseph-Wenzel vuz Liechtenstein's younger siblings - the latter including the only other adults in the bunch.
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