I admit that when I read that Prince Harry was joining the Walking with the Wounded expedition to the North Pole I was worried. Not for Harry nor for the vets whose efforts will raise money for a British charity that assists injured servicemen and servicewomen. I was worried that he wouldn’t make it to the church on time.
Needless worry on my part. The plan is for Harry to participate in the first week of the month long expedition. Then return to his duties as a soldier and a prince. One of those princely duties is patron of the Walking with the Wounded charity. Harry is putting more than his name on the line for the organization.
I’ve seen Arctic Ocean ice. I know that it won’t be smooth hauling for the four vets who will complete the mission. Pressure ridges must be climbed. Leads must be crossed. Bitterly cold temperatures must be survived. The expedition occurs in April, so the members won’t have 24 hours of sunlight to assist them.
Remembrance of our veterans – in any country currently at war – should not be limited to November 11 ceremonies. Say thank you to the vets you know. Support the charities of your choice. Make an informed decision when you vote so that our armed forces personnel are properly equipped and cared for when they are injured. It is the least we can do for those who have volunteered for the front lines.