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Subject: When You Think Youâ€™ve Seen EVERYTHING, try this...
Date: Tue Jun 25 15:29:22 MDT 2013
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er, an honor often bestowed on up-and-coming members of the U.S. foreign service."There are no words for anyone to describe the extraordinary harsh contradiction for a young 25-year-old woman, with all of her future ahead of her, believing in the possibilities of diplomacy to improve people's lives, making a difference, having an impact" to be killed, Kerry said.Smedinghoff previously served in Venezuela."The world lost a truly beautiful soul today," her parents, Tom and Mary Beth Smedinghoff, said in a family statement emailed to The Washington Post."Working as a public diplomacy officer, she particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work directly with the Afghan people and was always looking for opportunities to reach out and help to make a difference in the lives of those living in a country ravaged by war," they said. "We are consoled knowing that she was doing what she loved, and that she was serving her country by helping to make a positive difference in the world."Kerry declared the protection of American diplomats a top priority on his first day as secretary of state.The issue has been extremely sensitive since Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi almost seven months ago. No one has yet been brought to justice. April 5, 2013: In this photo, the USS Arlington sits dock in its new home port at Norfolk Naval Station in Norfolk, Va.AP/The Virginian-PilotNORFOLK, Va. A Navy ship named in honor of the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon joined the fleet Saturday, serving as a floating tribute to the people who died that day and an active warship that can transport Marines around the world.The Navy commissioned the USS Arlington in front of about 5,000 people in its new home port of Naval Station Norfolk. The amphibious transport dock is one of three ships named after 9/11 crash sites.Two hundred pounds of steel salvaged from the Pentagon's wreckage was forged into a pentagon to be put on a permanent display aboard the ship in a memorial room and smaller pieces of the Pentagon sit on the commanding officer's desk. The ship also has 184 gold stars throughout its passageways in honor of those who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2011."We are not a memorial, we are a warship. But we carry the spirit of those 184 people that died that day. We know why we got our name," Cmdr. Darren Nelson, the ship's commanding officer, told reporters the day before the ship was commissioned. "We teach that to the crew. Every crew member that shows up on board this ship learns and understands that 184 people gave their life for us."Among those attending the pierside ceremony were first responders