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Politics President Biden, former presidents and colleagues to honor Colin Powell at funeral Friday

18:15  05 november  2021
18:15  05 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Gen. Colin Powell, trailblazing son of the Bronx, gets hero’s send-off from presidents and statesmen

  Gen. Colin Powell, trailblazing son of the Bronx, gets hero’s send-off from presidents and statesmen Madeleine Albright, Michael Powell and Richard Armitage delivered stirring eulogies at Washington National Cathedral on Friday.The kid from Kelly St. got a send-off worthy of an American hero.

WASHINGTON — Dignitaries including President Joe Biden, two former presidents, and military and diplomatic colleagues Friday will pay tribute to Colin Powell, the trailblazing former secretary of state and military leader, who died last month at 84.

FILE - In this May 5, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell gives the closing keynote at the World Congress of Information Technology in Austin, Texas. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) ORG XMIT: WX116 © Jack Plunkett, AP FILE - In this May 5, 2006 file photo, former Secretary of State Colin Powell gives the closing keynote at the World Congress of Information Technology in Austin, Texas. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) ORG XMIT: WX116

Powell's funeral will begin at noon at Washington National Cathedral. Powell, the nation's first Black secretary of state, widely revered by Republicans and Democrats alike, died Oct. 18 of complications from COVID-19.

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President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend Powell's funeral but not speak. Also in attendance will be President George W. Bush, whom Powell served under, and former President Barack Obama, who Powell, a Republican, broke party ranks to endorse in both of Obama's presidential elections.

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Powell's eulogy will be delivered by Madeleine Albright, who preceded Powell as secretary of state in the Clinton administration; Richard Armitage, deputy secretary under Powell who also worked alongside him in the Reagan administration; and Powell's son, Michael.

Former President Donald Trump, whose leadership and rhetoric Powell criticized, will not attend the funeral. Bill Clinton, who is recovering from an sepsis infection, is not scheduled to attend, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend. Jimmy Carter, who turned 97 last month, will not be in attendance.

Colin Powell Once Serenaded Foreign Official With Abba Song, Friend Recalls at Funeral

  Colin Powell Once Serenaded Foreign Official With Abba Song, Friend Recalls at Funeral The longtime military man and civil servant had a well-known personal obsession with the Swedish pop band, one that was remembered at his funeral.Richard Armitage served as the State Department's second-ranking official while Powell was secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration. Sweden's foreign minister, Ann Linde, met with Armitage and Powell and presented the latter with a full CD set of Abba's music. Powell had long been a fan of the Swedish pop group that rose to stardom during the disco craze of the 1970s thanks to songs like Dancing Queen and Waterloo.

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The son of Jamaican immigrants raised in the Bronx, Powell embodied the American dream, his admirers say, climbing the military ranks over four decades in public life to become national security advisor for Reagan, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under George H. W. Bush and the younger Bush's secretary of state from 2001 to 2005.

He was the first Black Secretary of State in U.S. history.

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As secretary of state, Powell oversaw U.S. diplomacy in the aftermath of the Sep. 11, 2001, terror attacks and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Powell served two combat tours in Vietnam before taking on leadership roles including overseeing the first Gulf War in 1990-1991, when American and allied forces drove Iraq's invading military from Kuwait.

"Mine is the story of a black kid of no early promise from an immigrant family of limited means who was raised in the South Bronx,” Powell wrote in his autobiography.

Contributing: Associated Press

Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: President Biden, former presidents and colleagues to honor Colin Powell at funeral Friday

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