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Current and former Presidents join Powell family at funeral for General Colin Powell

President Joe Biden as well as former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush joined hundreds of mourners on Friday (November 5) to pay their final respects to former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, at the National Cathedral.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivered the eulogy, remembering Powell as a “warrior-statesman” who “almost transcended time” with virtues of “honesty, dignity, loyalty, and an unshakeable commitment to his calling and word.”

Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, a top military officer and a national security adviser, died on Monday (November 1) at age 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

Powell served three Republican presidents in senior posts and ascended to leadership of the U.S. military as it was regaining its vigor after the trauma of the war in Vietnam, where he served two tours as an Army officer.

He was the top U.S. military officer when American-led forces drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in 1991 and the chief U.S. diplomat in 2003 when Washington relied on erroneous intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify its invasion of Iraq.

(Production: Kristin Neubauer)

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