Father of Navy SEAL veteran killed at Benghazi to speak at Jacksonville memorial tribute

Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, at Sept. 10 event


The father of fallen Benghazi hero Tyrone Woods will be among the speakers at a special Northeast Florida Benghazi memorial tribute to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Charles Woods will join Citizens Commission on Benghazi members Gen. Thomas McInerney, USAF Ret., and security expert Clare Lopez at the special memorial service honoring the four Americans killed in the terrorist attack at the U.S. compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Stephanie Jason and Capt. Ryman Shoaf, USN, Ret. – both personal friends of Stevens – will also offer remarks.

“We are honored to welcome two distinguished commission members, family and friends of the U.S. heroes that stood up instead of standing down in Benghazi,” said Beth Heath, one of the event’s organizers. “The victims of Benghazi faced terrorists and were murdered in Libya, while serving their country. Unsuspecting Americans are facing terrorism on a daily basis right here in our country. This tribute features speakers that are specialists on terrorism, security and the pain of needlessly losing loved ones to terrorism.”

A VIP reception will be held at 1:30 p.m. prior to the tribute in Jacoby Hall at the Times-Union Center. Musical selections will be performed by the patriotic chorus, Let Freedom Sing, and the Trinity Baptist Lifesong Chorus.

Admission to the memorial tribute is free; to reserve seats, visit Eventbrite.com or call (904) 402-2172. To purchase tickets to the VIP reception, call (904) 705-6439 or visit Eventbrite.com and enter “VIP Reception.”