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Prince William addresses veterans at job fair

July 10, 2011 |  2:51 pm

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Addressing a group of veterans at a job fair in Culver City on Sunday, Prince William reiterated his support for members of the military and their families and said that the Sony Studios event was among the most important attended by the royal couple during a visit to Southern California this weekend.

The prince, who serves as a rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force, noted his own military service when speaking about the event.

Photos: Royal couple's Saturday in the Southland

"MissionServe is about something more than men and women in uniform,” he told the crowd. “It's about our other halves — the half that makes their loved one's duty and sacrifices possible and worthwhile. It is about you: the families, partners and friends. The idea behind Service Nation and Mission Serve is simple but truly inspiration: to help those returning from active service to open a new chapter in their lives."

Later, William managed to rib his brother, Prince Harry, while reiterating their support for military outreach. The princes' charity foundation, The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry, has called the armed forces one of its main focal points.

"I am delighted, therefore, that our foundation — and in that I include my low-flying, Apache, very average brother — is a partner in today's event," William said, drawing laughs from the crowd. "We have much to learn from you. Thank you for this opportunity."

As Catherine looked on, William also took a moment in his four-minute speech to remark on their trip as a whole. The couple departs from Los Angeles International Airport later Sunday afternoon.

"As this is my last opportunity before we leave this afternoon, I would just say on behalf of us both how grateful we are to be welcomed so warmly in the Golden State and City of Angels," William said. "Thank you so much."

As the crowd roared, William took his seat on stage while the presentation concluded with a speech from Patty Shinseki, an Army spouse who supports organizations focused on military families.

After the presentation concluded, William and Catherine helped assemble care packages for military children whose parents are about to deploy.

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-- Kate Mather in Culver City

Photo: Prince William speaks at the MissionServe event in Culver City. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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