Invictus Games

Invictus Games Flag Welcomed Home To Toronto

The Invictus Games flag has returned to Toronto after a 37-day tour around Canada.

The Invictus Games flag has returned home to Toronto after a 37-day tour around Canada.

Its tour of the country saw it visit 22 military bases, 15 legions, and more than 50 communities.

The Flag Tour concluded with a celebration in Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto to celebrate the men and women about to compete in the games.

You can watch the event in full below:

Crowds made up of athletes, the families of competitors, servicemen and women, veterans and civilians joined together to cheer the flag home.

Canadians and international visitors alike honoured the service personnel of competing nations.

Speaking at the event the Mayor of Toronto John Tory said:

"Nothing brings cities together quite like sports... These athletes are heroes and I hope they will inspire this city and this country... I hope they will also be inspired by this city and this country."

One of the athletes inspired by the spirit of Invictus is Master Corporal Jason Israel.

Jason suffers from a form of PTSD and says it was The Invictus Games that got him out of his basement:

Also speaking at the event was the CEO of The Invictus Games Michael Burns who said the sporting event was an "oppertuntity to show military families" that we have their backs "because for so long they have had ours."

On stage was four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak, former Toronto Argonaut Mike 'Pinball' Clemons and Canadian Paralympian Rick Hansen.

After sending their messages of goodwill the Invictus flag was raised by Canadian athelete Étienne Aubé to great applause by the crowds.

The sound of Toronto Fire Pipes and Drums filled the square while members of the public took the chance to meet those competing in the games and watch atheltes train nearby.

They also had the chance to meet Vimy - the offical mascot of the games. 

Named after the Battle of Vimy Ridge which was a defining moment in Canadian military history he greated guests and performed some acrobatics of his own.

The Labrador retriever 'spoke' to Forces News about his favourite Invictus sports:

You can keep up with all the latest news on the Toronto Invictus Games 2017 online and on the air.

For more head to our website or watch our coverage on Forces TV. You can also listen to highlights on BFBS Radio stations across the world.