1855: Mr Obama concludes his remarks with a prayer. The US national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, plays.
Kim Ghattas BBC News, Washington
tweets: Obama says despite cost, America will never retreat from world, cites msgs held up in Libya “Chris Stevens was a friend to all Libyans”
1852: Mr Obama says: “The United States of America will never retreat from the world, we will never stop working for the freedom and dignity that every person deserves, whatever their creed, whatever their faith… That’s the spirit that sets us apart from other nations” and that is the work these slain men were doing in Benghazi.
“Today,” Mr Obama says, the men “are home”. “They had a mission and they believed in it… They didn’t simply embrace the American ideal, the lived in it, they embodied it.”
1848: President Barack Obama takes the podium. He praises the dead men and talks about their lives.
1845: Mrs Clinton continues. The people of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen “did not trade the tyranny of a dictator for the tyranny of a mob. Reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts.”
1844: Mrs Clinton says: “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at US embassies” over an “awful internet video that we had nothing to do with”. She says it is hard for the American people to make sense of that.
1841: The International Crisis Group has released a timely report today about Libya’s continuing instability.
1841: Before Mrs Clinton spoke, a military chaplain praises the “selfless service” of the men who wanted nothing more than to make a difference in the lives of other people.
1841: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is speaking at Andrews Air Force base at the repatriation ceremony for those killed in Libya. “I was honoured to know Chris Stephens,” she says.
A foreign worker in Tunis, Tunisia has told us: “There was a lot of barbed wire around the US embassy today and a heavy police presence too. This was in reaction to Wednesday’s small protest. It was peaceful today for a while, then people started piling into the compound and took down the US flag. I could see the police throwing tear gas cannisters and heard gun shots too, although it was unclear whether they were rubber bullets or live rounds. There is a general feeling of sadness here about the extremist Salafi Islamists.”
Kim Ghattas BBC correspondent tweets: #Obama, Biden, #SecClinton arrives for ceremony at AAFB. Bodies of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty are home.