UPDATED 3:38 PM PT – Friday, November 5, 2021
Friends and family of former Secretary of State Colin Powell gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to pay their respects to the late general.
Powell was honored on Friday in the nation’s capitol in a funeral service attended by Joe Biden and former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, among others. The former secretary of state died in October from COVID-19 complications at 84-years-old.
Powell was eulogized by his son Michael, former Deputy of State Richard Armitrage and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.
“Beneath that glossy exterior of warrior statesman, was one of the gentlest and most decent people any of us will ever meet,” said Albright. “As I grew to know him, I came to view Colin Powell as a figure who almost transcended time. For his virtues were Homeric…honesty, dignity, loyalty, and an unshakeable commitment to his calling and word.”
Powell was the nation’s first Black secretary of state and joint chiefs of staff.