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State Department Dedicates Diplomatic Security Memorial

Last Friday, Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) dedicated the DS Memorial in a ceremony at the DS headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia.

The memorial wall, located in the lobby of DS headquarters, honors 137 employees, U.S. military personnel, and contractors—U.S. citizens and foreign nationals—who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Prior to installation of the DS Memorial, DS was the only federal law enforcement agency without its own memorial. Many who gave their lives in service were not eligible for inclusion on the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial in the Main State Building, which primarily honors members of the Foreign Service who died while serving abroad.

The DS Memorial wall consists of a central plaque explaining the purpose of the memorial and adjacent plaques listing the individual’s name, country of death, and year of death.  An electronic kiosk provides information about individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty. Additionally, a special area on the U.S. Department of State/DS website displays information about the DS Memorial and the names of the fallen personnel (

“Their courage and dedication to duty uphold the highest traditions of this organization. They rose to the call of duty to protect those with whom they served,” said Bill Miller, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of Diplomatic Security Service. “This Memorial is just one way we continue to honor them and keep them close to our hearts.”

Their contributions were vital to our mission of providing a secure environment for the conduct of American diplomacy,” said Gregory B. Starr, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security.  “The service and sacrifice of all our fallen colleagues will never be forgotten.”

“I honor and cherish the memories of all who served to provide a secure environment to enable American diplomacy to flourish in the defense of freedom and liberty for all,” said Antony J. Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State.  

A video of the memorial dedication is available on YouTube and on DVIDS.

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