Invictus Games torch lit in Afghanistan

Claudine Rigal
Août 12, 2017

He reaffirmed Washington's enduring cooperation with the Afghan security forces in the campaign against terrorism in the country.

Nicholson also hailed the sacrifices of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF).

"Invictus is the Latin word for 'unconquered.' I can not think of a better way to describe the courageous Afghans who continue to fight for their country", Gen. Nicholson said.

The flame will travel to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany later this month before heading to Canada to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, symbolizing the journey of many service members from the battlefield to the Invictus Games - and from injury to recovery.

An ex-Canadian soldier Jody Mitic, who has lost his feet in Kabul years ago, returned to the same soil on Wednesday to light the flame of Invictus game, media reports said.

"Many Invictus Games competitors served and become ill or injured in Afghanistan", said Michael Burns, Invictus Games CEO, wrote in a release. "In fact, 14 of the 17 nations participating in the 2017 Invictus Games had service personnel killed or injured there".

"For us to stand here in freedom, thousands have lost their lives", said President Ghani. "Freedom is a product of this collective sacrifice." said President Ghani.

Speaking about the emotional moment, Mitic was quoted by the Star: "It makes sense that the Invictus Spirit Flame would be lit in Kabul. Invictus represents the triumph of will over adversity".

In his turn, the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson thanked President Ghani, the Canadian Ambassador, other foreign Ambassadors, Generals, and the soldiers of the contributing nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to maintain security in Afghanistan. Simon Mailloux will be on hand to receive the flame.

The Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will capture the imagination of the Canadian public, corporations, and governments, as well as soldiers, veterans, and their families. Team Canada members will also be given a chance at the centre to personally thank some of the medical staff that brought them home to their families.

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