Colin Powell Honors Prince Harry For Service to Wounded Veterans
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell awarded Prince Henry of Wales the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership last night in Washington, D.C. He was given the award for his ongoing efforts to help wounded veterans and their families. In the introduction, Secretary Powell joked about Prince Harry's appeal to young women saying: "Apart from recognizing his contributions to the humanitarian projects, I would be remiss if I didn't note that his presence has altered the normal demographic make up of our audience.
We have a record number of young, single women. You saw them outside. I also have to say the average age for an Atlantic Council dinner has dropped 25 years and for that we really, really thank you."
Prince Harry seemed truly touched by the award, which he accepted on behalf of his brother Prince William, their foundation, and the veterans themselves. Harry told the crowd, "The very least we owe them is to make sure that they and their brave families have everything they need through the darkest days – and, in time, regain the hope and confidence to flourish again...For these selfless people, it is after the guns have fallen silent, the din of battle quietened, that the real fight begins – a fight that may last for the rest of their lives."
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