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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.
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.”
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.