The word "invictus" means "unconquered," the perfect term to describe tenacious veterans who have persevered despite their injuries. At this year's Invictus Games, over 500 military competitors from 14 nations around the world are competing in 10 different sporting events, using the grit and determination they carry beyond the battlefield. A star-studded opening ceremony featuring appearances by James Blunt, First Lady Michelle Obama and England's Prince Harry kicks it all off. These games are meant to shine a light on the holistic recovery that can occur through sport for injured and ill servicemen and women, so as you watch these athletes compete, remember that they represent thousands of others around the globe who struggle every day because of battle wounds, whether visible or not.
opening ceremony 6 p.m. Sunday, May 8, games various times through May 12 | ESPN Wide World of Sports, 700 South Victory Way, Kissimmee | invictusgames2016.org