Gallery: Warrior Games presented by Deloitte Opening Ceremony

By Tom Kimmell | Sept. 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

The 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte officially opened today at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, highlighted by a march of the 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans who will compete in the fifth annual competition. With 2,000 people in attendance, 2014 Paralympic sled hockey gold medalists Paul Schaus (Buffalo, New York) and Rico Roman (Portland, Oregon), both Purple Heart recipients, lit the cauldron to signify the start of the Games, which features athletes from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command competing in seven sports through Oct. 3.

Vice President of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation Charlie Huebner acted as the master of ceremonies. Other event highpoints included a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kat Strus and remarks from Deloitte Principal Mark Goulart, USO President and CEO Dr. J.D. Crouch and U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Garfola Wright.

Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and other facilities in Colorado Springs, including Fort Carson and the U.S. Air Force Academy, the 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte is a competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans hosted by the USOC and supported by the Department of Defense, AT&T, BP, Dow, Semper Fi Fund, The Fisher House Foundation, The Daniels Fund and USO. It started in 2010.