Prince Harry Accepts Award in Washington

By LORI HARITO

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Prince Harry accepted an award and paid tribute to wounded war veterans during a visit to Washington, DC on Monday.

Prince Harry was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership during a visit to Washington. The award was in recognition of his charitable and humanitarian work supporting servicemen and women.

General Colin Powell introduced and presented the award to the Prince, who accepted the award on behalf of his brother, William.

Harry used the occasion to speak to and thank wounded war veterans and servicemen who help them transition to civilian life. "This is their award," said Harry in his acceptance speech. "It would be wrong of me to speak for these heroes, but not presumptuous of me to pay tribute to them: so many of our Servicemen and women have made the ultimate sacrifice; so many lives have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in the course of their duties."

Before receiving the award, Harry met with nine American and 16 British disabled athletes who had participated in the Warrior Games,  and also planted a tree at the British Ambassador's residence.

Watch Harry's full speech below.