(Washington, DC) — The nation remembers Colin Powell. Powell was eulogized during a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral. COVID recently claimed Powell’s life at the age of 84. His son Michael noted that his dad was a great leader because he was a great follower. He said Colin Powell believed in sacrificing self in the service of others. Powell was a former secretary of state, a retired general and was the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called Powell one of the most gentle and decent people she has ever encountered. She said he was one of the nation’s finest and most loyal soldiers.
Longtime friend and adviser Richard Armitage recalled Powell’s sense of humor and insatiable curiosity and said Powell believed people should be treated with kindness. Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith called Powell a great American leader and patriot who always “kept the faith.” Hollerith is the Dean of the National Cathedral. Powell was fully vaccinated against COVID but he had a weakened immune system due to cancer. The service was attended by numerous dignitaries, including President Biden, former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush.