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Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Kicks Off With Flag Raising Ceremony

Sep 23, 2017

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The festivities for Invictus Games Toronto 2017 kicked off on Friday with the raising of the Invictus Flag at Nathan Phillips Square.

The ceremony was led by Toronto Mayor John Tory and CEO Michael Burns, along with four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak and former Toronto Argonaut Mike 'Pinball' Clemons and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen.

The ceremony capped off the inaugural National Flag Tour, which began Aug. 16 and travelled from coast-to-coast visiting 22 military bases, 15 legions and over 50 communities across Canada.
 
It is Canada's first time hosting the Invictus Games, which were founded in 2014 by Prince Harry of Wales.

There will be 550 competitors from 17 countries coming to Toronto to compete in 12 sports, including track and field, swimming and golf.