Presidents, Dignitaries Gather To Honor Colin Powell

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By Associated Press
November 5, 2021

The 84-year-old erstwhile Secretary of State died past period owed to complications from COVID-19 during his conflict with cancer.

Colin L. Powell, the trailblazing soldier-diplomat who roseate from humble beginnings to go the archetypal Black caput of state, was remembered by household and friends Friday arsenic a principled antheral of humility and grace whose decorated grounds of enactment tin service arsenic a exemplary for generations to come.

“The illustration of Colin Powell does not telephone connected america to emulate his resume, which is excessively formidable for specified mortals,” his son, Michael, said successful a touching tribute astatine his father's ceremonial work astatine Washington National Cathedral. “It is to emulate his quality and his illustration arsenic a quality being. We tin strive to bash that.”

The ceremonial connected a sunny and chilly time drew dignitaries and friends from crossed the governmental and subject spectrum. They included President Joe Biden and erstwhile presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, erstwhile secretaries of authorities James Baker, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, erstwhile Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and the existent president of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Mark Milley.

Two caller presidents did not be — Bill Clinton, who is recovering from a terrible infection, and Donald Trump, who publically disparaged Powell aft his decease for having been captious of the erstwhile president.

Powell died Oct. 18 of complications from COVID-19 astatine property 84. He had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but his household said his immune strategy had been compromised by aggregate myeloma, a humor crab for which helium had been undergoing treatment.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press.