In a video message to employees of the State Department, Secretary John Kerry recalled the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in 2001, but he also commented on the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. Kerry said:
This is a tough day on the calendar for all of us, obviously, because it’s so much more than just any day on any calendar. We all remember two years ago, when we were attacked in Benghazi and lost four of our colleagues and friends — Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods — brave and dedicated professionals, men whose commitment to serve brought them to a dangerous corner of the world, not because they were unaware of the danger, but because they wanted to make it safer for so many people whose lives are connected to our own.
Kerry explained that the world needed more of the “passion, the persistence, and the drive” that inspired Stevens to serve in the “great enterprise” of diplomacy at the State Department.
Kerry reminded employees of a “special saying” that encouraged him in times of tragedy.