U.S. Embassy Kabul commemorated Memorial Day with a ceremony held in the flag-lined courtyard in front of the main chancery. The Kabul Marine Security Guard detachment lowered the flag to the "retreat" bugle call and then re-raised it, as tradition dictates, to the National Anthem.
Charge d'Affaires David Pearce gave the keynote address, recognizing the sacrifices of both men and women in uniform as well as those of us who choose to willingly serve beside them in areas of active combat. He called attention to the plaques at the base of the embassy that commemorate fallen Chief of Mission personnel, including Ambassador Adolphe "Spike" Dubs, who was abducted by terrorists and killed in 1979; Tom Stefani, who was killed in a roadside bombing in Ghazni Province in 2007; three DEA agents killed in a helicopter crash in Badghis Province in 2009; and seven mission employees killed in a suicide bombing in Khost province in 2009. The address was followed by a musical interlude led by the embassy's volunteer choir, the Star Spangled Singers.
The Memorial Day ceremony was a solemn and moving occasion.
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