Gen. Colin Powell, the influential former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who died last month, is being honored with a memorial service Friday at Washington’s National Cathedral, Oyogist.com reports.
President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and former Secretary Hillary Clinton are among the guests scheduled to attend.
Powell’s son Michael K. Powell, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage are expected to offer tributes.
Powell’s daughter Annemarie Powell Lyons will read a passage of Scripture, Micah 6:6-8.
Powell, who played a pivotal policy role during the administration of President George W. Bush, died Oct. 18 at 84 from complications related to COVID-19, his family announced. He was fully vaccinated. He had also suffered from Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma, according to the family.
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“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” his family said in a statement last month.