Colin Powell’s funeral was held at the Washington National Cathedral. Guests included President Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, a top military officer and a national security adviser, died on Monday, October 18th at age 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and early-stage Parkinson’s disease.
Powell served three Republican presidents in senior posts and ascended to leadership of the U.S. military as it was regaining its vigor after the trauma of the war in Vietnam, where he served two tours as an Army officer.
He was the top U.S. military officer when American-led forces drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in 1991 and the chief U.S. diplomat in 2003 when Washington relied on erroneous intelligence about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify its invasion of Iraq.