President Pays Tribute to Colin Powell

Former Secretary of State died at age 84. 

General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away Monday morning due to complications from Covid-19 after receiving treatment for multiple myeloma,  a rare blood cancer that left him immuno-compromised. He was fully vaccinated for the virus and passed away at Walter Reed National Medical Center. 

President Joe Biden paid tribute to the man who was the first black secretary of state, calling him “one of our great Americans.” 

The president stated, “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 four 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. Having repeatedly broken racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow in Federal Government service, Colin was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership.” 

The president called the former general a “good friend” and a “trusted confidant in good and hard times.” 

General Powell is survived by his wife, Alma Vivian, as well as three children. A statement from the family said, “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the family and friends of Colin Powell as they grieve their loss. 
  • For the current secretary of state to seek God’s wisdom in his role.
  • For the president as he commemorates the lives and legacies of U.S. officials. 

Sources: CNN, Washington Examiner, CBS News 


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