Harry salutes war dead, visits with recovering wounded
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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