As the US remembers their service personnel on this Veterans Day, Henry Cavill a.k.a Man Of Steel Superman is officially launching the Royal Marines 1664 challenge to kick off the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the British fighting corps.
Henry Cavill’s speech served to launch the running portion of the grueling event, which is set to raise over $840 million for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).
The Royal Marines 1664 challenge is created to help troops across the country celebrate the creation of the amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom, which is part of the Naval Service, in 1664.
Dressed in a white shirt and black tie a video created to launch the challenge shows Henry Cavill saying:
“Royal Marines 1664 is an event like no other. It is an extraordinary and fitting way in true Royal Marines commando style to celebrate 350-years since their formation in 1664.
Since the start of the challenge on February 4, the Royal Marines have skied 1,664 kilometers, from North to South Norway. Sailed 1,664 nautical miles to Cadiz in Spain, cycled 1,664 kilometers to France, and are currently kayaking across the English Channel, before they join other Royal Marine Units across the UK to run the last 1,664 kilometers around the country, which completes the challenge.
This is not the first time Henry is tied to a branch of the military, during the filming of Man Of Steel, the American National Guard was heavily promoted along with Cavill, who was seen working out to prepare to take on the latest version of Superman. The National Guard was also used for scenes in the movie.
Henry Cavill continues his video message for the Royal Marines 1664 challenge:
“Royal Marine Commandos believe in what they can do. They have the courage, determination and will to succeed. They make sacrifices and take risks; regrettably, sometimes they have to pay the price for those risks. In recent years they have experienced a significant increase in serious injuries, wounds or illness through current operations. This has not deterred the men of this proud corps; on the contrary, it has spurred them on to help their injured and wounded comrades. We should not forget what the Royal Marines have done for the country and the many sacrifices that they have made. Now is the time, in their distinguished 350 year history, for everyone to get behind the Royal Marines; and support this extraordinary challenge and this incredible charity.”
As the Royal Marines 1664 challenge ambassador Henry Cavill concludes his message to the men of the corps saying, “It’s an absolute privilege to help support your extraordinary band of brothers. I have a deep and very personal admiration for everything you do for us.”
Henry Cavill’s brother, Nick, is a Major in the Royal Marines and was awarded a medal for his heroic actions in Afghanistan.
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