Family members, friends and top government officials on Friday remember the life of Colin Powell, a top military official and former secretary of state, in a memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
With President Joe Biden among those in attendance, Powell’s son Michael described his father as a “great lion with a big heart.”
“(He) left a deep impact on the lives of family and friends, soldiers and sailors, presidents and prime ministers and a generation of aspiring young people,” Michael Powell said. “…my father made a monumental difference. He lived. He lived well.”
Powell died on Oct. 18 at the age of 84 from complications of COVID-19. Though he had been vaccinated against the virus, he was battling multiple myeloma — a blood cancer that breaks down a person’s immune system.
Powell was born in 1937 in New York City. He joined the Army at a young age, eventually rising to the rank of …