Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, passed away from complications from COVID-19 on October 18. He was 84 years old when he passed away.
His family announced the news of his devastating death with the rest of the world, noting, “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” according to CNN.
Powell also had multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of plasma cells. He also had Parkinson’s as well. This made him immune-compromised, which puts people at greater risk when contracting COVID-19.
Colin Powell Funeral with Key Figures
Following his death, family and other key political figures showed up to honor the former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at his memorial funeral service yesterday.
He had his service at Washington’s National Cathedral. According to CNN, there were several extremely influential political figures that stopped by. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were both in attendance. Former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush all stopped by for the memorial service to pay their respects alongside their wives as well.
Current Secretay of State Antony Blinken and former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and James Baker were all also present. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Dr. Anthony Fauci were also present for the service.
Former Defense Secretaries William Cohen and Robert Gates made an appearance as well.
There was a wide array of high-ranking officials present from current and previous administrations. There was also a mix of individuals from different political parties present, which has become rarer in recent years.
Other important figures outside of politics also wanted to pay their respects. That includes baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.
More Information Regarding Powell’s Memorial Service
All in all, people came together to celebrate Colin Powell’s ongoing legacy as a statesman, a father, a presidential counselor, and a war hero.
He served two tours in Vietnam and was also the national security adviser for President Ronald Reagan.
Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, who is the dean of the cathedral, was present to bless and speak about Colin Powell. He shared that Powell once told him, “We always need to treat people with a little more respect than they deserve, because we don’t know what’s going on with their lives,” according to NPR.
Also present at the service was Michael Powell, the son of Colin Powell and the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He stated that his father made a “monumental difference” in the world.
“I hope we do more than consign him to the history books, I hope we recommit ourselves to being a nation where we are still making his kind,” he said at the service.