Prince Harry and Prince Philip honour war dead
Prince Harry and Prince Philip honoured Britain’s war dead in London on Thursday (10.11.16).
The 32-year-old royal and his 95-year-old grandfather laid small wooden crosses in Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance ahead of Armistice Day on Friday (11.11.16).
And Harry – who previously served in Afghanistan – took the time to speak to six-year-old Harrison Degiorgio-Lewis, whose uncle Lt Aaron Lewis, of 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery. Aaron, who lived in Rochford, was killed in Afghanistan in December 2008.
The youngster donned his uncle’s campaign medals and beret and spoke to Harry about them, while his family also discussed the foundation they had set up in honour of Aaron, which supports veterans and young people working abroad to help others.
Harrison’s grandmother, Helen Lewis, said: “We remember Aaron every day and miss him every day. It was lovely to speak to Prince Harry about Aaron.
“A charity set up in his memory is helping veterans that have been injured, both combat injuries and those with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Our charity has even helped some of the guys that competed in Harry’s Invictus Games and we were talking about that.”
Harry – in military dress – also spoke with war veterans about their experiences.
Staff Sergeant Robert Nicholas, a bomb disposal expert from the Corps of Royal Engineers, thanked Harry for the protection he offered when he served in Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot.
He said: “We were vulnerable on the ground and he’s provided that support, I just thanked him myself for that protection he gave everyone while he was there.”