WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry has paid tribute to America's war dead during a visit to Washington, while also taking time to chat with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
At Arlington National Cemetery this morning, Harry stood amid the rows of headstones and laid a wreath at the grave of soldier Michael Stansbery of Tennessee. Stansbery was killed three years ago by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. His grave was chosen randomly for the prince's visit, among thousands marking the resting place of the fallen from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Harry left a note reading, "To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom." The prince is a British Army captain who has served twice in Afghanistan.
He also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, representing the unidentified dead of all American wars. And he placed flowers on the tombstone of President John F. Kennedy.
At Walter Reed, the prince offered comradeship and empathy to the wounded. Officials there showed him a high-tech treadmill that projects a virtual world on a screen. It is used to help patients regain posture and balance.
Harry then went on to Colorado Springs for the 2013 Warrior Games. More than 200 American and British veterans who were wounded in service are competing there.
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GRAPHICSBANK: Prince Harry of Great Britain visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, graphic element on gray (10 May 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: A card from Prince Harry of Great Britain in a wreath to be placed at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, graphic element on gray (10 May 2013)
APPHOTO DCSA111: Wearing his British Army uniform, Britain's Prince Harry, left, visits with Corey Harmon and other wounded warriors undergoing physical therapy at the Computer Assisted Rehab Environment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool) (10 May 2013)
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APPHOTO VACD113: England's Prince Harry walks along the graves at Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, Friday, May 10, 2013. The British soldier-prince is spending most of his week in the U.S. honoring the wounded and the dead of war. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool) (10 May 2013)
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