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Prince Harry to return to New York for awards gala honouring the military

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Prince Harry will present the inaugural Intrepid Valour Awards (PA Archive)
Prince Harry will present the inaugural Intrepid Valour Awards (PA Archive)

The Duke of Sussex is to return to New York.

Prince Harry will present the inaugural Intrepid Valour Awards to five service members, veterans and military families living with “the invisible wounds of war”.

The proud dad-of-two, who has just carried out a trip to the city with the Duchess of Sussex, will be back on the East Coast for the Salute to Freedom gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on November 10.

The event, held aboard the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid, comes the day before Armistice Day in the UK, known as Veterans Day in the US.

Harry, who served in the British Army for a decade, was stripped of his honorary military roles post-Megxit.

He had wanted to retain the positions including Captain General of the Royal Marines but he is determined to maintain his links with and support for the military.

The Salute to Freedom gala pays tribute to those who have served in the US forces, defending America, with the awards honouring those who have “demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of great danger or personal struggle”.

The museum said: “The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom gala recognises extraordinary leadership and honors the brave men and women who serve in defense of our nation.”

Rocker and humanitarian Jon Bon Jovi will also receive the 2021 Intrepid Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

The organisation focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness through affordable housing and shelter, including permanent supportive housing for veterans.

Jon Bon Jovi recorded a charity single, Unbroken, for Harry’s Invictus Games Foundation early in 2020.

Harry, who moved to live in California last year, was in New York at the weekend to campaign for vaccine equity with Meghan on their first major public trip since stepping down from royal duties.

Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum, said: “We are extremely proud to bestow the inaugural Intrepid Valour Awards to five incredible individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and persevered through extraordinary circumstances.

“It is a core tenet of our institution to be there for our service members and veterans, who are always there for all of us.

“One of the ways we fulfil this commitment is by offering meaningful programmes that help veterans reintegrate into civilian life and build connection and community, including ones that specifically address mental health.

“We are so grateful to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex for honouring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and helping to raise awareness for mental health support for our men and women in uniform.”

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