Friends, family and members of the community plan to gather at Winchester High School Thursday evening to honor Glen Doherty, a Winchester graduate who was one of the four Americans killed in a terror attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya last year.
Doherty's mother, Barbara, is expected to be in attendance and the event will feature remarks from Winchester High Wrestling Coach Larry Trembley, who was Doherty's coach in the 1980's. The school will retire Doherty's No. 20.
"As a tribute to Glen, the Sachems will be wearing camouflage uniforms in many sporting events through February 17,'' Brian Carroll, Winchester's director of athletics, said in an email. "We will do this each winter to keep Glen's memory alive and to educate our student-athletes on the exemplary life he led. ''
In the email, Carroll said that Doherty was a fierce competitor on Winchester's wrestling and tennis teams.
"He embodied the will and determination that defines a student athlete and we are proud to be able to call Glen an everlasting part of the Winchester High School community,'' Carroll wrote. "Glen died serving with men he respected, protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and doing something he loved. He is an American Hero to those who did not know him; but for those who did he is a best friend who leaves behind a giant hole in our hearts.''
Doherty was 42 years old and was working as a security contractor when he was killed in September with US Ambassador John Christopher Stevens in the American consulate in Benghazi. He was a former Navy SEAL.
The event is expected to start at 6:30 and will be followed by a wrestling match against Woburn.