Former Gen. Colin Powell has died from complications from COVID-19. Members of the military and the political world are remembering Powell and what he did over his long career serving the nation, first in the military, then as a national security advisor, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and finally as Secretary of State.
His family announced the news of his death Monday on Facebook.
President Joe Biden released a statement on the death of Powell, saying that he and first lady Jill Biden are “deeply saddened.”
“Colin embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat. He was committed to our nation’s strength and security above all. Having fought in wars, he understood better than anyone that military might alone was not enough to maintain our peace and prosperity. From his front-seat view of history, advising presidents and shaping our nation’s policies, Colin led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. Time and again, he put country before self, before party, before all else—in uniform and out—and it earned him the universal respect of the American people,” the president said.
You can read his entire statement here.
Former President Barack Obama called Powell “an example of what America — and Americans — can and should be.”
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Powell, “was a wise and principled man, a loyal friend, and one of the kindest people I have ever met,” CNN reported.
Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Passing of General Colin Powell
“Rosalynn and I join so many around the world in mourning the loss of General Colin Powell. A true patriot and public servant, we were honored to work beside him to strengthen communities in the United States, help resolve conflict in Haiti, and observe elections in Jamaica. His courage and integrity will be an inspiration for generations to come. We will keep his family in our prayers during this difficult time.”
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