Navy SEALs killed in Benghazi honored at Soledad Memorial Day event
Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods will be remembered with plaques during this year’s Memorial Day observance, 2 p.m. May 27 at the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, 6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South.
Doherty, of Encinitas, and Woods, of Imperial Beach, were assigned to security detail in Benghazi, Libya, when they were killed in a terrorist attack that began on Sept. 11, 2012.
Members of their family will be present. The keynote address will be delivered by Navy SEAL Captain Jason Ehret, who was a close friend of Doherty.
Woods, 41, served more than two decades
as a Navy SEAL, including multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He earned distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic.
Doherty, 42, joined the Navy SEALs in 1995. His team was the first to respond to the attack on the USS Cole. He was an experienced paramedic and sniper who repeatedly put his life on the line, protecting Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots.
The ceremony includes music by Navy Band Southwest Brass Quintet, the La Jolla Country Day School Madrigal Singers, a 21- gun salute performed by Marine color guard and rifle team, and a flyover in the “Missing Man” formation by the San Diego T-34 Performance Team.
Old Town Trolley will provide complimentary shuttle service to and from the memorial from nearby Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church and the French American School parking lots, both located on Soledad Mountain Road.
Information about the memorial, located on federal land and maintained by the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, is at soledadmemorial.com or (858) 459-2314.
Memorial Day observance at Miramar
A veterans memorial service also will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, May 26 at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive in San Diego, between Interstate 805 and Miramar Road, west of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Active duty military, veterans, families and members of the public are invited.
Guest speaker during the memorial service will be Maj. Gen. Steven W. Busby, Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Among many important assignments during his 34-year career, he commanded Marine Corps assets in support of South Asia Tsunami Humanitarian Assistance Operations. In 2001, he was named Marine Corps Aviator of the Year.
The memorial service will feature the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, under the direction of Staff Sgt. Christi Espinosa; a Young Marines color guard; and a bagpiper. Brig. Gen. Wayne W. Hoffmann of Coronado, a retired Army Reserve chaplain, will give the invocation and benediction. Gunnery Sgt. Susan A. Steele, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Free parking is available on the Avenue of Flags and cemetery streets. For more information, call (858) 658-7360 or visit cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/miramar.asp.
Memorial Service at Fort Rosecrans
In addition, a traditional Memorial Service and Day of Remembrance is scheduled at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at 10 a.m., Monday, May 27.
Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, commander, Navy Region Southwest, will deliver the Memorial Day address. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be guest speaker. Lt. Cmdr. Sam Contreras, Navy Chaplain Corps, will give the invocation and Memorial Day prayer. The Navy Band Southwest will provide patriotic music.
Other features of the program include readings of the Gettysburg Address, “Lament for a Soldier”; and General Order 11, issued in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic – a Union Army veterans organization – that called for decorating the graves of those who had died in defense of the country.
That event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Committee, a sister organization of the Foundation. Parking for the service will be in designated lots along Cabrillo Memorial Drive, Point Loma. Free shuttle service to the cemetery will be provided.
For information about the Fort Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, go to www.fortrosecrans.org.
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