Honoring Feds: Foreign Service event celebrates workforce, honors the fallen

The purpose of the Foreign Service is to promote peace and protect Americans and American interests abroad. At present, the U.S. has over 15,000 Foreign Service officers under several agencies, the largest portion with the State Department. Many thousands of dedicated civil servants who have done the necessary work of these positions, over the years, have served in difficult assignments—and more than a few have lost their lives.

This week, on May 7, the country commemorates Foreign Affairs Day and pays tribute to all civil servants who have worked in the field to further the Foreign Service mission, but especially to honor the Foreign Service officers who have died serving this country.

“This year’s Foreign Affairs Day will be a virtual event and will take place on Friday, May 7, 2021, marking the 56th Anniversary of the annual celebration of our foreign affairs professionals,” the American Foreign Service Association said in a release. “Please join Department retirees, domestic and overseas employees, and colleagues from all Foreign Affairs agencies to celebrate and honor our dedicated service and sacrifice.”

A handful of websites published and maintain accounts of many lost officers and their coworkers, and the ways they have been respectfully memorialized.

Two new names will be added to the State Department’s list of the fallen this year, according to the release. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and AFSA (State Department) Vice President Tom Yazdgerdi, among others, will speak as part of the day’s virtual events—honoring the workforce and those who lost their lives in service—from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. All are welcome to attend online at www.State.gov.


Reader comments

Thu, May 13, 2021

This event is really important. Many diplomats have been in harms way for this country, like in the Vietnam War but also in the whol region of Middle East and Africa during the war on terror. Not thought about by many people and even feds. But its worth remembering.

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