Editor’s Note – We originally posted this article in October of 2012. In light of recent events and the Congressional hearings last Wednesday, we thought it would be a great time to re-post it in honor of our fallen heroes. Please consider making this a movement gone viral!
By Denise Simon – SUA Associate Editor
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton, Jr.
No greater words describe how we think about Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, two former SEALs that perished in the terror attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. These two men were the champions of honor, courage, and valor fighting in the protection of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and the unknown amount of others that were under siege by transnational jihadists on U.S. sovereign territory in Libya.
Ambassador Stevens was a career foreign service officer employing a deep commitment to working for peace in the Middle East. Sean Smith was a U.S. Air Force communications specialist who continued to use his sophisticated skills as a foreign-service employee. Glen Doherty was a highly decorated SEAL, a member of Delta Force, a sniper school graduate, and was an accomplished pilot. Tyrone Wood was a dedicated SEAL with twenty years of service who leaves behind a very young son, two older children, and a grieving widow. All four are grieved not only by family, but also by friends, co-workers, and a nation of thankful Americans.
SUA is deeply committed to remembering and honoring all who have suffered the wounds of war or have perished defending our freedom. More so today, we are not only reminded of those who sacrificed before, but in the case of these four Benghazi heroes, we want also to celebrate their devotion to their country. We want to celebrate their earnest efforts to fight for us in a most dangerous world, often sacrificing all at their own peril. The way in which Tyrone and Glen died manning their weapons, taking matters into their own hands, men who carried out their oaths of service; to the point of selflessly giving all, deserve to be celebrated.
For this reason, SUA and our circle of friends are participating in a ‘Blue Ribbon’ event asking our country to wear a blue ribbon daily in their honor. We wish to celebrate them not only visually, but deeply in our hearts; we embrace and cherish Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods for standing up, taking responsibility, and fighting to the very end.
SUA also remains a partner with the OPSEC mission that speaks to keeping our intelligence community, our military, and our special operators as safe as possible by staunching intelligence leaks, keeping their operations as clandestine as possible; the key recipe for success.
The United States is a mighty country, a strong nation of freedom loving peoples; a force that has liberated many foreign countries from the shackles of evil men, all for the sake of freedom. Our forces in uniform and service to America deserve our gratitude and respect from all peoples; from across the globe. Please wear a blue ribbon in tribute to Glen and Tyrone, a small gesture for a powerful message that must resonate worldwide.
Stand Up America – wear your ‘blue ribbon’ proudly – celebrate our heroes, join the “Blue Ribbon Cavalry”!