State Department Employees Hold Private Benghazi Memorial After No Official Event Scheduled

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A small group of State Department staffers held their own private memorial ceremony last week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. With no official ceremony planned, it was the least they could do.

According to political news site Talking Points Memo, the private memorial ceremony came together after employees realized the agency wouldn’t be organizing a formal commemoration of the tragedy, which took the lives of four Americans – including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“A State Department staffer who worked with Stevens in Libya and asked not to be named told TPM there were about 20 to 25 staffers at the memorial,” TPM’s Hunter Walker wrote. “The informal gathering was put together after staffers inquired and learned the department would not be holding an official event to mark the anniversary.”

State Department employees were among recipients last week of a widely-distributed internal email, sent by Secretary of State John Kerry, with the heading “Remembering September 11.” That email allegedly referenced both the commercial airplane hijackings and the Benghazi attacks.

But one recipient involved in holding the private memorial said no one in the chain of command offered an explanation for why a formal, organized event had not been planned.

“It was very meaningful — we hugged, told stories, laughed, cried. Someone put flowers by the wall, we stood awkwardly, then we went back to work,” the anonymous State Department source told TPM.

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Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Hank

    NEVER FORGET BENGHAZI, and the two.who committed treason by betraying America and Americans. Barrack Hussein and Hillary Clinton !

    • jaybird

      A bronze statue of Stevens and two of the guys trying to protect him, Doughty and I can’t remember the others name is being done and is going to be put in DC. It has Stevens behind them praying while they have their guns drawn to shoot back. Obummer did not have any service for the sniper that got killed at the shooting range either and the same guy that is doing this statue did one of him. They are taking donations to help pay for the Stevens statue. I will never forget anything this traitor has done to our people, country and the future of our children .

  • william

    The private Benghazi memorial should be held at the White House after all the WH belongs to wE THE PEOPLE. Obama will have to meet in private with his Muslim cohorts in Egypt instead of the White House.

  • Jill Bayard

    CLEARLY…this is not “PERSON”al enough for our “THIEF AS A CHIEF”

  • duif100

    What do you expect?
    Obama and Hillary want to forget this one in a hurry!

  • peter

    Hilary turned down the invitation because she said it made no difference anyway and would also interfere with her campaign.