On 9/11 @townofgander #newfoundland went from a population of 10,300 to nearly 17,000 when stranded plane passengers destined for the U.S. landed on Canadian soil. Amid the tragedy of Sep 11, Canada was there to lend a helping hand. #FriendsPartnersAllies #NeverForget https://t.co/OhbikIarvm
— Noella De Maina 🇨🇦 (@ndemaina) September 10, 2018
— Embajada EU en Mex (@USEmbassyMEX) September 11, 2018
When we were attacked, our @NATO Allies stood with us and came to our defense. The first and only time Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, the collective defense clause, has been invoked was in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. pic.twitter.com/N1v6WDtqY6
— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) September 11, 2018
On Tuesday September 18 (9am – 4pm), for the tenth year in a row, the U.S. Embassy will mark the U.S. 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by hosting a blood and food donation event in collaboration with @SkopjeRedCross and the Institute of Transfusion Medicine. Join us! pic.twitter.com/g9HQIYinBg
— US Embassy Macedonia (@usembassymkd) September 11, 2018
🛎️@USAmbNZ and Christchurch Senior Firefighter Greg Bell debut a new memorial bell at the September 11 Memorial at the Firefighters Reserve. Thanks to our friends at @FireEmergencyNZ in Christchurch for your care and dedication to this significant site #911. pic.twitter.com/HGCoxqdOLT
— US Embassy NZ 🇺🇸🇳🇿 (@usembassynz) September 12, 2018
En el evento de conmemoración, el Encargado de Negocios James Story expresó su agradecimiento al pueblo venezolano por su solidaridad con los estadounidenses después de los eventos trágicos del 11 de septiembre de 2001. #NeverForget #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/Dk3t1wE5Ej
— US Embassy, VE (@usembassyve) September 11, 2018
AND THIS —
On the 17-year anniversary of the #September11th attacks, @StateDeptDSS remembers all who lost their lives and celebrates the men and women who served after the attack. Read more on DipNote. https://t.co/y3LFgRTKOl
— Department of State (@StateDept) September 11, 2018
Today at the war court: On eve of anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, long-serving defense lawyers challenge the experience, potentially short tenure of the new 9/11 trial judge, a Marine colonel tapped to run U.S. Embassy security worldwide.https://t.co/hbIG0kHHN0
— Carol Rosenberg (@carolrosenberg) September 10, 2018
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On this special day, our thoughts are with the family & friends of SSgt. Michael Ollis of Staten Island, whose courageous actions during a 2013 insurgent attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan saved the life of a Polish officer. pic.twitter.com/BWKuEu3en6
— Embassy of Poland US (@PolishEmbassyUS) May 28, 2018
On #MemorialDay, we remember & honor the men & women who gave their lives in defense of ours. Americans & our Allies around the world will never forget your sacrifice.#HonorThem #MemorialDay18 pic.twitter.com/31KCcurfVb
— US Mission to NATO (@USNATO) May 28, 2018
Thank you to everyone who came to our #MemorialDay2018 ceremony today, and a special thank you to the @CanadianForces for helping our @USNavy exchange officers arrange the event. We hope everyone is having a meaningful #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/3u57OIwkuK
— USConsulateHalifax (@usconshalifax) May 28, 2018
"We are here for all those buried here who answered the call to serve and never returned home. We owe them all a tremendous debt of gratitude that we can never repay.” Chargé Lussenhop at #Heverlee War Cemetery. #MemorialDay #HonorThem ½ pic.twitter.com/ldZ6ZuHl34
— US Embassy Brussels (@usembbrussels) May 28, 2018
#AmbEisenberg: Ai veterani che sono qui oggi, grazie! E’ grazie a voi se i nostri ragazzi crescono lontani dalla Guerra e dal terrore del dispotismo. #MemorialDay #Florence #MemorialDay2018 pic.twitter.com/GG4WVAQura
— Ambasciata U.S.A. (@AmbasciataUSA) May 28, 2018
.@DCMKlecheski led the #MemorialDay ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio last Sunday, May 27. #FriendsPartnersAllies https://t.co/89xQoQLYEc pic.twitter.com/kAV4Gd808K
— U.S. Embassy in the Philippines (@usembassymanila) May 28, 2018
En conmemoración de #MemorialDay, o Día de los Caídos, ciudadanos de EE.UU. y Panamá nos unimos hoy en el cementerio de Corozal para rendir tributo a los hombres y mujeres fallecidos al servicio de nuestro país pic.twitter.com/jOrdaEiCDN
— U.S. Embassy Panama (@USEmbPAN) May 28, 2018
🇺🇸️ Hoy Estados Unidos celebra el Memorial Day, una fecha que honra a todos los soldados, hombres y mujeres, que han servido a su país para defender los valores de la democracia, la justicia y la libertad, muchas veces con su propia vida. #Honor #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/WMkHJGqybO
— U.S. Embassy Uruguay (@usembassyMVD) May 28, 2018
Here are two posts sending out “happy” Memorial Day greetings. Cemeteries, dead loved ones do not make for a happy day. We remember them, we honor them, we thank the families for the sacrifice of their dead loved ones, but there is nothing happy about it. This is not unique to this two posts, of course, but it bothers us more than it should this year. We don’t think they meant ill but we hope posts would give some thought about why this is not a “happy” day and tweet accordingly.
Happy Memorial Day!
Hoy estaremos cerrados tanto en la embajada como el consulado.
Que tengan una excelente semana! pic.twitter.com/H5DsgqSVT8
— Embajada EEUU Chile (@EmbajadaEEUUcl) May 28, 2018
Hoy en los #EEUU se celebra el #MemorialDay. Recordando a las personas que dejaron su vida sirviendo a los #EEUU, en las fuerzas armadas. En este día se visitan cementerios y monumentos conmemorativos honrando a los que han dado la vida por amor a la patria pic.twitter.com/XHgE2yK1Xh
— Embajada de EE.UU. (@laembajada) May 28, 2018
Something from 2016 from former FSO Kael Weston about Memorial Day: “For those who have lost loved ones in battle, a different and quieter sort of memorializing is likely to take place in homes, churches and neighborhood cemeteries. “I miss you” posts will be left on Facebook pages remembering lost sons and daughters. Veterans will gather with their former units, recalling buddies over beer and burgers. Parents, children and spouses will lay wildflowers, notes and bottles of liquor near simple grave sites in remote towns. These are the places where so many service members come from and where so many return to in death.”
"If you forget my death, then I died in vain.” Memorial Weekend essay from Kael Weston https://t.co/rWfKF6AqkU
— Phil Klay (@PhilKlay) May 28, 2016
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On March 11, Secretary Tillerson delivered the following remarks at the Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park; in Nairobi, Kenya.
As all of you well know, 1998 terrorists thought they could demoralize and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking the U.S. embassy here in Nairobi. Of course, they were wrong. Nearly 20 years later, we meet here to honor those who we lost and those who were injured. Hundreds of lives were taken and hundreds if not a thousand more were changed forever. Some of our current embassy colleagues who survived this tragedy, including Ambassador Godec and his wife Lori and our current locally employed staff at the embassy that day of the bombing, are with us as well. And it’s an honor to meet all of you, and I appreciate you being here.
To the survivors present, please know that the American people remember your service and your sacrifice as well as those who are not with us today and have been forever lost. Our hearts are with the many who lost family, friends, and colleagues on that tragic day.
Today we remember them and their bravery, the compassion, and the sacrifice, as well as many who without hesitation that day and at risk to themselves rushed into action to save lives and help others. We honor those heroes and the courage they displayed as well. They are all examples to us.
As our work continues to end terrorism, those who sought to divide us here have failed. Our commitment to work together as Americans and Kenyans is steadfast, it is enduring, and we will build on the shared values and our shared future, which remains very strong. We will never forget the names on this wall. Thank you.
The FBI says that the investigation continues, with the following fugitives still wanted for their alleged roles in the attacks:
January 1999: Report of the Accountability Review Boards on the Embassy Bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam on August 7, 1998.
As the NYT notes, the Africa Embassy bombings “may have done more to transform the State Department than any other event of the past 50 years.”
It also points a fact that’s not lost on anyone — “Mr. Tillerson has twice proposed slashing the department’s budget to about $35 billion from about $50 billion, saying that doing so would return spending levels to those before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.”
And just watch, he won’t stop at his second try.
Rex Tillerson laid a wreath on Sunday at a Nairobi memorial commemorating a bombing 20 years ago that killed more than 200 people, an attack that transformed the State Department. Critics warn that his proposed funding cuts could cost lives. https://t.co/M5X19WOgJQ
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) March 12, 2018
Today, Secretary Tillerson honored those lives who were lost and injured in the 1998 @USEmbassyKenya terrorist bombing during a wreath-laying ceremony at the @Aug7thMemorial Park in Nairobi, #Kenya. https://t.co/ONweGBdeuI #SecStateinAfrica pic.twitter.com/2zRguzdyIQ
— Department of State (@StateDept) March 11, 2018
Secretary Tillerson honored the innocent victims, survivors & heroes @Aug7thMemorial. We will never forget their sacrifice and we stand firmly with #Kenya and all our partners in the fight against the scourge of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/rqPDr70Ie4
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) March 11, 2018
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) March 9, 2018
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Last year, we blogged about John B. Williams who was appointed on 10 March 1842 by President Tyler to be United States consul at the Bay of Islands, New Zealand (see Missing From the AFSA Memorial Plaque: John Brown Williams, First American Consul to Fiji (1810-1860). He was born in Salem, Massachusetts on 20 September 1810, the seventh of nine children of Israel Porter and Elizabeth (Wait) Williams. In 1860, J.M. Brower, the United States vice consul in Fiji, informed his family that John B. Williams had died of dysentery on 19 June 1860. Read more here, here and here.
History.state.gov lists him as follows:
Establishment of Consul at Lauthala, 1844.
Commercial Agent John B. Williams was appointed the first Consul to the Fiji Islands on August 19, 1844. He was resident at Auckland, New Zealand.
On May 5, the new Secretary of State offered remarks at the Foreign Affairs Memorial Day and said he took “solace in the fact that we did not have to add any names to this plaque this year.” Yup, they forgot again to add John Brown Williams’ name on that wall. We should note the first U.S. envoy to the Far East, Edmund Roberts, who is listed on the Memorial Plaque also died of dysentery in Macau, China in 1844.
Excerpt from Secretary Tillerson’s remarks.
It’s been my great privilege to take part in the American Foreign Service Association’s Memorial ceremony honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women who did not make it back. Even amidst the non-stop business of the State Department, and while we work at a pretty torrid pace, I think it is always important to set aside time to pay tribute to our fallen colleagues.
Although he was unable to be here today, President Trump also released a statement sending his greetings and sincere gratitude to all members of the United States Foreign Service and Civil Services at federal agencies here at home as well as at embassies and consulates around the globe. As I have gotten to know the President, I have seen firsthand how much he appreciates – and that appreciation is growing, I assure you – for the work of our hard-working public servants here, and those who serve on behalf of the nation around the world.
Each of the 248 fallen heroes and heroines whose names are engraved on the Memorial Plaque represents a unique individual life, and I think we can never lose sight of that. These men and women had families, they had loved ones they left behind, dreams unlived, plans unrealized. These names span our country’s history. From the beginning of our young republic, Americans have gone abroad representing our country, advancing our interests and values, and raising our flag. Today, I’d like to share with you some of their stories.
The first name on the plaque is William Palfrey. In 1780, this Revolutionary War veteran and former aide to George Washington was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to be U.S. consul general to France.
I do take solace in the fact that we did not have to add any names to this plaque this year, but I know our men and women always put mission first, and though they are judicious and they take the necessary security precautions, there are inherent risks in all we do to advance America’s interest and values to keep our nation safe. As your Secretary, I promise you I will do all I can to make sure we are not forced to add another name to this wall, by making the safety of our people my highest priority, and by asking all of you to do the same, and taking action to bolster the protection of our people around the globe.
We’re tried to locate President Trump’s statement but have been unable to find it. The White House posted four statements on May 5 on its website; there’s nothing there in reference to Foreign Service Day.
May 05, 2017 | Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cinco de Mayo
05/05/17 Remarks at the Foreign Affairs Day Memorial Plaque Ceremony; Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson; Washington, DC
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The Diplomatic Security (DS) Memorial was dedicated on September 18, 2015, to honor the many individuals who have given their lives to support the mission of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory B. Starr hosted the event with Antony J. Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State; Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, Deputy Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Plans, Policies, and Operations; and Bill Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Diplomatic Security Service, in attendance. See D/Secretary Blinken’s remarks here.
Before the installation of the Diplomatic Security Memorial, DS was the only federal law enforcement agency without its own memorial. Many of those who gave their lives in service to DS were not eligible for inclusion on the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial, which primarily honors members of the Foreign Service who died while serving abroad.
On the date of its unveiling, the DS Memorial contained the names of 137 individuals from diverse backgrounds and countries throughout the world. They include:
27 U.S. Government Personnel
- 4 Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents
- 6 Diplomatic Couriers
- 12 U.S. Military—Marine Security Guards
- 5 Other U.S. Military—Embassy Security Operations
36 Private Security Contractors
74 Local Security Personnel
- 31 Local Guard Force
- 31 Local Law Enforcement
- 6 Foreign Service Nationals
- 6 Locally Employed Staff
The DS Memorial consists of the 1) DS Memorial Wall–A Visual Tribute, located inside the main lobby of Diplomatic Security headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia; 2) Memorial Kiosk, installed with the DS Memorial Wall, the kiosk displays information about Diplomatic Security and its personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. The information is searchable by name, year of death, country of death, and job position at time of death; 3) Memorial Website at (www.dsmemorial.state.gov) with the names of the fallen personnel hosted in a special portion of the Diplomatic Security website, the online DS Memorial displays all names of the fallen and provides a search tool for locating individuals.
The memorial goes back to 1943 and includes James N. Wright, a Diplomatic Courier who died on February 22, 1943,
in Lisbon, Portugal, in the line of duty in an airplane crash. Two years later, another Diplomatic Courier, Homer C. White, died on December 4, 1945, in Lagos, Nigeria, in the line of duty in an airplane crash.
The largest number of casualties is suffered by the local security personnel. At least 31 local law enforcement personnel (working for the host government) were lost protecting USG facilities and personnel overseas. As many local guard force employed/contracted by the USG were also killed in the line of duty. In 2014, Shyef, Moa’ath Farhan, a Yemeni Local Law Enforcement employee, died in Yemen, while protecting a checkpoint near U.S. Embassy Sanaa during a suicide attack. In fact, 7 of the 31 law enforcement personnel killed were all lost in Yemen. That same year, Abdul Rahman, a locally employed staff was killed while performing his duties near the traffic circle at the main entrance to Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. He was one of several individuals killed by a lone suicide bomber. In 2013, Mustafa Akarsu, a member of the local guard force was killed during a suicide attack at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. That same year, eight members of the local guard force died on September 13, during the attack on U.S. Consulate Herat in Afghanistan.
Note that this memorial only includes FSNs/locally employed staff who supported the mission of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) and not all FSNs who lost their lives while working for the USG overseas.