Friday, September 14, 2012
LIBYA VICTIMS REMAINS RETURN TO U.S
President Obama spoke at the solemn 'transfer of remains' ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base today
The victims of the attack in the U.S. consulate in Libya are returned to American soil at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland
The bodies of Americans Sean Smith, Glen A. Doherty, Tyrone S. Woods and Christopher Stevens were taken from a military transport plane as a military band played
Mr Stevens, who went by the first name Chris, had only been appointed as Libyan ambassador by President Obama in January. It came after an esteemed career within the United States foreign service which spanned more than two decades.
Speaking outside the White House on Wednesday, President Obama hailed Mr Stevens and the three other U.S. officials who died in the attack as devoted to working for democracy.
'It's especially tragic that Chris Stevens died in Benghazi as it's a city that he helped to save,' Mr Obama said.
With 'characteristic skill, courage and resolve, he built partnerships with Libyans... and he worked tirelessly to support this young democracy.
'He was a role model to those who worked with him and to the young diplomats who strive to follow in his footsteps.'
President Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and General Martin Dempsey approach the stand to talk during the ceremony that returned the bodies of the fallen American's who died when the U.S. consulate was stormed in Benghazi, in Libya
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walk back to their seats after speaking during the Transfer of Remains Ceremony, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Andrews Air Force Base