Center for Strategic Communication

Each year on the first Friday of May, the Department of State observes Foreign Affairs Day, the annual homecoming for our Foreign Service and Civil Service retirees. This day also commemorates the members of the Foreign Service who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives serving the United States overseas. Both a solemn occasion and a celebration, Foreign Affairs Day recognizes employees of foreign affairs agencies and their dedication and service as they address foreign policy and development challenges around the world.


ASP CEO BGen Stephen A. Cheney USMC (Ret.) said:State Department

“In honor of Foreign Service Day, the American Security Project, in keeping with our dictum of always keeping our country’s national security foremost in mind, wishes to express our admiration and gratitude to the many Foreign Service members, past and present, who have given so much for our country.

We particularly honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice who are being remembered this Friday.   The broad experience of ASP’s board members has enabled us to see first hand in all corners of the earth how our Foreign Service has protected our nation, and we are ever mindful of their sacrifice for our security.   We thank all Foreign Service employees, past and present, on this day of remembrance.”