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Prince Harry was in New York only last week — but he will return to the city again in November to present the inaugural Valor Awards at Intrepid Museum. He last visited the museum in June 2010. The Prince’s presence at the gala event will continue his work to honor both British and American veterans.

Prince Harry on the flight deck of Intrepid Museum in June 2010. Photo: Intrepid Museum

The Duke of Sussex will attend the Salute for Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on November 10. The Prince will present the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families living with “the invisible wounds of war”. The visit will take place on the eve of Veterans Day.

Prince Harry was stripped of his honorary British military titles in February, including the coveted role of Captain General of the Royal Marines, after leaving the royal family. His military career included two tours of Afghanistan. The Prince is passionate about helping those who have served, and spending time with wounded warriors.

“I spent 10 years in the military, with two tours in Afghanistan. When I get asked about this period of my life I draw from memories, I draw from what I remember and who I remember. Like the first time we were shot at and who I was with, the casualties we saw, and those we saved. And the first medivac we escorted out of contact in a race against time,” Harry said on the Declassified podcast at the end of last year. “Once served always serving, no matter what.”

Governor Kathy Hochul, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio during a visit to One World Observatory. Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Last week, Harry and Meghan Markle visited the 9/11 memorial and spoke in support of vaccine equity at the Global Citizen Live concert in Central Park.

The Intrepid Museum’s Salute to Freedom gala recognizes extraordinary leadership and honors brave men and women who serve in defense of the United States.

There will also be an award at the event for Jon Bon Jovi. He will receive the 2021 Intrepid Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Prince Harry and Bon Jovi worked together in 2020 at the Abbey Road Studios in London on a song called Unbroken — to help raise funds for the Invictus Games Foundation. Local media boss Bob Pittman, the Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, will receive the Intrepid Salute Award during the ceremony.

“We are extremely proud to bestow the inaugural Intrepid Valor Awards to five incredible individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and persevered through extraordinary circumstances,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, president of the Intrepid Museum. “We are so grateful to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex for honoring and amplifying the stories of these heroes and helping to raise awareness for mental health support for our men and women in uniform.”

FOOTNOTE: Bon Jovi is no stranger to Hell’s Kitchen. The band recorded the video for their Number 1 single We Weren’t Born to Follow up on the roof of Clinton Recording Studios back in 2009. He also worked as a janitor at the Power Station before finding international fame. In the early day of the pandemic, Jon Bon Jovi recorded Do What You Can around New York — including on the flight deck of Intrepid.

Bon Jovi performing Do What You Can during the pandemic around New York — including on the flight deck of Intrepid.

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  1. Disgraceful and an insult to all United States servicewomen and service men, to have this “prince” give out awards to American military personnel and use the Intrepid Museum to publicize his agenda, monetize his lifestyle and advance his own financial and political “platform”. Shame on the Intrepid Museum.

    1. Absolutely! Can’t they find an American hero to honor American heroes? They are jumping on the celebrity “bandwagon” by choosing this disgraceful person who abandoned his own British veterans in favor of soliciting work for his talentless wife. Shameful! This is outrageous!

  2. Prince Harry deserted his own Veterans in order to hobnob with Disney executives and act as his wife’s agent. He has NO business handing out anything at this function. He gave up his royal position, is cashing in on a title he’s been told not to use, and is being enabled by the Intrepid Museum. Gary Sinise is more deserving of that honor than the british buffoon.

  3. Americans don’t know much about Prince Harry, who will present awards to war heroes at ‘Salute to Freedom Gala’ on the Intrepid next month & promote military mental health. He left the Royal Family March 2020 in large part to build a money-making brand in California. Though he promotes himself as a British war hero, his 10 year army record shows very lengthy time training, a lot of ‘breaks’ to attend royal engagements, questionable ranks, but only two Afghan short tours (10 & 20 weeks), which all accounts (it is very hard to find first-hand ones) say he spent safely with a protective detail, not piloting helicopters (there are statements he never did attain top qualification). Similarly, a big part of his brand is mental health, but he has no expertise beyond some philanthropic appearances. In fact, on his infamous Oprah Winfrey interview, he, having done the philanthropic bit & gotten extensive therapy himself for his supposed PTSD before meeting his wife, relayed a most extraordinary story about how said wife was herself suicidal but ‘imprisoned’ by his royal relatives, with Harry the hero & advocate powerless to get her therapy. This is only the tip of the iceberg, and I urge vets & their families to read the many stories of this man’s insincere distasteful behaviours in the British press. Then, contact the Intrepid to say the toy soldier is not fit to bestow awards on any American fighting man…

    1. Concur completely! As a retired disabled AF Officer I am outraged that a non-American Vet is being hailed and selected to give out these awards! He’s done nothing to warrant this selection since it’s now known his two deployments overseas were accomplished with extreme security measures. For example during one deployment he had an entire platoon of special Gurkhas soldiers assigned solely to his protection. Imagine how his fellow soldiers felt realizing that he was never really in danger like they were while on patrol? In addition he was never fully qualified as a an operational Helicopter pilot during his last deployment. As a result of this he deployed as just a glorified gunner- forcing ( due to his lack of qualifications) the other operational pilots deployed with him to pick up the extra missions since he couldn’t fly as a Pilot in command! (Note that he hasn’t flown any helicopters in LA!) It has recently come to light that he was forced to quit active service because he failed the test for Major! ( see his previous academic record!) Finally a couple of years ago he found it more important to attend a Disney movie premiere (to campaign to the Disney CEO for a job for his wife) rather than attend a memorial ceremony for British Royal Marines who had died In a terrorist attack- while he was the designated Captain/General Of The Royal Marines! Now he complains about being stripped of this prestigious military patronage position after quitting his Senior Royal role and his country! Since then he’s done nothing but lie and trash the UK and the Queen! Yeti he’s being proudly hailed as a shiny example of a vet? He is currently roundly assailed a traitor to his Queen and country! What work has he done to help out vets? Answer; nothing! It’s an embarrassment to this organization to bring this sad example of a former British Officer to recognize our proud veterans! He’s in disgrace now from his country! What a charade! Is this vet org going to pay for his private jet to get to the event and then go home? Or will this vet org pay for his carbon offsets so Harry can justify using a private jet again? Shouldn’t that money go for better causes? There are more qualified and respected American veterans that should be assigned this role! I am disappointed that having this “Royal” PR headline this event is more important than preserving the integrity of the (American) event!

  4. As a US Army Veteran, an officer, a retiree actually and a gold Star widow, I am beyond outraged that an American institution is giving a platform to this disloyal Brit. It’s public knowledge how he dishonored himself and spewed venom at his own family and country, and for what? To follow his third rate actress wife to America and use the same family connections he scorned to make MONEY. To milk his title for all it’s worth. He betrayed his position as Captain General of the Royal Marines, and attendance at the Deal Memorial, for a red carpet meeting with Disney execs and American celebrities where he was recorded begging for work for his wife! He is the very LAST person who we want to see giving awards at an AMERICAN event. You must remove him from this event and replace him with one of the many deserving American heroes you have snubbed in the name of some misdirected attempt to glorify a failed British prince.

    1. also Ms Martin you have a lot of info on his shadiness. Just wondering, What’s your opinion of the 45th president ?

    2. Why in the world would they have this traitor from another country, one that we fought to rid ourselves of, be handing out medals to OUR soldiers? What is happening to this country

    1. what makes someone worthy of presenting? I mean ms Markle was a presenter on tv so maybe she is coaching harry?

  5. Surely there are more suitable US forces veterans who could present these awards?

    My father, Arthur, was in the Grenadier Guards from the late 1940’s to the early 1950’s. He served in post War Berlin and was on duty at Queen Mary’s funeral and at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. His three brothers all served in the Forces. His brother Dougie served in both the SAS and the SBS in World War 2 and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. His brother Neville was in action in Sicily in World War 2 where he was seriously injured and wasn’t expected to survive. His other brother Raymond served in Palestine and India. In his eyes Prince Harry is a traitor to Queen and Country which he vowed to serve when he signed up as an officer in the British Army. Yet he had no compunction about bringing the Monarchy into disrepute and slandering his own family in public with wild accusations, many of which have since been proven to be untrue. In addition, he’s supposed to be an advocate for mental health issues but apparently couldn’t even get his pregnant suicidal wife any help, even though the British Royal family have their own doctors and London has a plethora of mental health specialists. Some advocate!

    And why has he done all this? For money pure and simple.

    These are not the actions of someone who should be handing out awards to those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. I agree with my Dad. He is a traitor to Queen and Country.

  6. Harry has abandoned his duty his country and his loyalty to the Queen. He should not be honored in any shape of form. He chose to go to an Hollywood event and beg for a job for his wife rather than attend one for veterans. He is a disgrace

  7. I totally agree with above statements! He is a disgrace to his country! ENGLAND. People are so taken in with his BIRTH TITLE. Of Prince! He has not place or rights to be giving any type of lecture or awards in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! He and his wife are a joke and a disgrace!

  8. I cannot believe you would belittle our servicemen and women by having just plain harry at this event-He disgraced his family, refused to go to an event for British servicemen to hobnob with disney to push tw for a job, he turned his back not only on the British people, but his comrades in arms-He should NOT be on the same stage with people who earned their medals and fought bravely

  9. I agree with all the comments questioning the decision to afford Prince Harry a platform honoring AMERICAN service heroes. Did anyone care to receive input from the recipients of this award who they felt would be a good candidate? This joker is an immoral opportunist along with his wife. They are irrelevant to the prestigious history and service of US heroes. A Hollywood C actor and a disgraced Prince whose familial relationships are a mess have no business honoring servicemen and women and the sacrifices their families make.

  10. What an insult to the Americans who served their country with honor to have this spoiled traitor who is NOT an American citizen attend this event.

  11. I am a Canadian, but can’t understand the American’s worship of “famous” people, whether they are rock stars or athletes or whatever.
    No regard given to those who have given so much for their country, and the insult of choosing a Brit after fighting for independence from Britain so many years ago. It boggles the mind.

  12. It’s so sad there are no American military personnel qualified to hand out the awards. It’s rather a slap in the face to our founding fathers and everything this country stands for to have US military honors awarded by PRINCE Harry and the Office of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Is their choice to hand out these awards based on anything other than their titles and relationship to the royal family.

  13. Do not have a fake soldier from the UK pass out awards to real American heros. This is preposterous An American service personnel should pass out any awards. American hero’s aren’t in short supply and to use some guy that beat Afghan women and played video games and put the rest of his men at risk to play war is disgusting. His family tried to cover it up but it’s real and he’s not a pilot but a gunner. Get rid f him.

  14. Let’s just call him Harry as he so mentioned. Tell Harry that this is not what the American people want you to do. So for once do the right thing and walk away and let an American Hero present these medals to our American Veterans..

  15. This is so wrong on so many levels. Why is Harry given the privilige of handing out AMERICAN Veteran awards. That is such an insult to our American Veterans. I’m sure nobody feel honored by Harry’s participation. He’s a despicable nobody, who only cares about being relevant. Who made the decision to invite Harry to participate? That person should be fired from his job. All the Veterans should walk out of the Awards event because you have insulted them. Seriously, why aren’t you inviting an AMERICAN to give out those awards? Shame on you people.

    1. So what people? Leave him alone. Why all this hate for this man? Harry put his life on the line for his country & for the coalition of forces that served in Afghanistan.What a waste of energy for hate & the haters.

  16. It is a disgrace to have “Harry” there, much less handing out medals to our great US Military. Who picked him??? Please someone tell us who wants to insult our Great Military? Wish they would turn their backs on Harry.

  17. Why is Harry, a British vet, giving medals to Americans? I just don’t get it and no one else does. It is not a good match at all. Maybe a politician in New York promised this to him. Who knows what really goes on while the back scratching goes on. My father served in WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. Two tour in Nam. No way in hell would he accept a medal from Harry The Traitor. Shame on those responsible for placing the limelight on Harry and not the veterans. And shame on Harry for wanting to do this.

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