Two former Navy SEALs killed last year in the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were honored at a San Diego veteran's memorial Monday.
The plaques were unveiled Monday at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial honoring 42-year-old Glen Doherty and 41-year-old Tyrone Woods.
Woods, from Imperial Beach, and Doherty, from Encinitas, were killed in the Sept 11, 2012 attack that also claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and information officer Sean Smith.
Surviving family members joined the tribute, speaking briefly of their loss and their pride.
“Thank you for challenging him to be great, for filling his life with love; and for being worth his sacrifice," Katie Quigley is Glen Doherty’s sister.
Her brother, Glen, also talked about the love of SEAL teammates for each other.
“That's how Ty Woods and his team; and Glen Doherty and his team could run through bullets and chaos to rescue those pinned down in the heart of danger," Quigley said.
One moment drew a gasp from the crowd as the widow of one of those honored shared something that was said to her.
“A few months ago we were asked a cruel question, 'What difference does it make?'," said Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, the wife of Tyrone Woods. "Ty, Glen, their brother, Mike Monsour, and the many great men and women who've been memorialized on the walls around me, have, in effect, answered that question with a far more important one, asking, 'How can I make a difference now?'”
Veterans of several wars reflected on the sacrifices over the years and the horrible burden many still carry.
“I lost twelve young men in Vietnam in January' 68 during Tet [Offensive] and that's the reason I'm here," said M/Sgt. Ismael Velasquez, a former U. S. Army Ranger.
A student preparing for a life of service said she was honored to be part of the crowd.
"Memorial Day is everyday, a day to honor those who have fallen for our country and they paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to be free, sir," Sgt. Beth Abzud of an ROTC-like organization, the Young Marines, told 10News.
A military fly-over marked the end of the ceremony and pilots executed the missing man formation in honor of the men and women who have given their lives.