Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Day for Department of State Active and Retired Employees on May 3. He will also attend the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque Ceremony where he will join Vice President Joe Biden in honoring the dedication of colleagues in the Foreign Service.
The AFSA Memorial Plaque Ceremony honors our foreign affairs colleagues who have lost their lives while serving overseas in the line of duty or under heroic or other inspirational circumstances. AFSA President Susan R. Johnson will host the ceremony and deliver welcoming remarks. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary Kerry will also give remarks paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country around the world. They will also pay their respects to the families and friends of the eight heroic employees whose names will have been added to the plaque:
ANNE T. SMEDINGHOFF
Anne T. Smedinghoff, a Foreign Service Officer, died in Afghanistan from injuries sustained during a bombing on April 6, 2013.
J. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS
Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed during a terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
SEAN PATRICK SMITH
Sean Patrick Smith, an Information Management Specialist, was killed during a terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Ty Woods, a Security Specialist, was killed during a terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
GLEN A. DOHERTY
Glen A. Doherty, a Security Specialist, was killed during a terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
RAGAEI SAID ABDELFATTAH
Ragaei Said Abdelfattah, a USAID Foreign Service Officer, was killed during a suicide bombing in Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.
JOSEPH GREGORY FANDINO
Joseph Gregory Fandino, a Foreign Service Officer, died in the line of duty near present-day Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam on June 27, 1972.
FRANCIS J. SAVAGE
Francis J. Savage, a USAID Foreign Service Officer, died in present-day Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on just before Easter, 1967 from injuries sustained during a 1965 Viet Cong bombing.
10:15 a.m. Secretary Kerry delivers the Keynote Address at the Foreign Affairs Day Celebration, at the Department of State.
(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)
10:30 a.m. Secretary Kerry and Vice President Biden participate in the AFSA Memorial Plaque Ceremony, in the C Street Lobby at the Department of State.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
Pre-set time for cameras: 7:15 a.m. from the C Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still cameras: 9:15 a.m. from the C Street Entrance.
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).
American Foreign Service Association
Perri Green, (202) 719-9700
Department of State
Office of Press Relations, (202) 647-2492