May 5, 2021

Foreign Service Day Honors U.S. Active-Duty and Retired Members

To the Editor:

As a retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service, I was proud to represent America in three countries over my 20 years of service. I write this in advance of Foreign Service Day on May 7, a day designated by Congress to honor our active-duty and retired members of the Foreign Service.

The past year of devastation and uncertainty has been difficult for everyone. This includes members of our Foreign Service who have remained on the front lines throughout the pandemic, working to bring more than 100,000 Americans home safely and continuing to protect and serve America’s interests abroad.

Diplomacy, development and security is the Foreign Service’s first line of defense, neutralizing issues before they become threats to Americans. This year has demonstrated the need for increased global engagement and the importance of U.S. global leadership.

Linda Sipprelle
Victoria Mews