Where will Colin Powell be buried Information on Memorial Service Plans

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We don’t yet know if or where Colin Powell will be buried, but we do know more about the memorial services for the United States’ first Black secretary of state, who headed the State Department under former President George W. Bush and chaired the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George H. W. Bush.

Powell, who was suffering from COVID-19 complications, died Monday, Oct. 18. The 84-year-old was fully vaccinated, his family said, but he’d been diagnosed with both Parkinson’s and multiple myeloma, the latter being a plasma-cell cancer that compromised his immunize system.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather, and a great American,”The family stated in a statement that per CNN.

Will Colin Powell lie in State?

There’s no word on whether Powell will lie in state, and according to the Website of the Architect of the CapitolThat decision is up to Congress and the family of the deceased.

“Any person who has rendered distinguished service to the nation may lie in state if the family so wishes and Congress approves,”This website explains.

This tradition is further supported by the U.S. House of Representatives website: “Since Henry Clay in 1852, the U.S. Capitol has been used as a place to pay tribute to the Nation’s most distinguished citizens. Made available for public viewing in the Capitol, persons who have ‘lain in state’ traditionally have been American officials, judges, and military leaders, including 12 U.S. Presidents.”

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What has the U.S. president said about Colin Powell?

Monday was a special day for Powell, as President Joe Biden presented a tribute to him A White House proclamationOrder American flags to be flown at half-staff on all public grounds

“He embodied the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat,”Biden made the remarks in the statement. “He led with his personal commitment to the democratic values that make our country strong. He repeatedly broke racial barriers, blazing a trail for others to follow, and was committed throughout his life to investing in the next generation of leadership.”

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Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, also shared in the memories of this four-star general. “Everyone who worked with General Powell appreciated his clarity of thought, insistence on seeing all sides, and ability to execute,” Obama said, per USA Today. “And although he’d be the first to acknowledge that he didn’t get every call right, his actions reflected what he believed was best for America and the people he served.”

George W. Bush, the former president, called Powell “a great public servant,”Addition “He was such a favorite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom — twice. He was highly respected at home and abroad. And most important, Colin was a family man and a friend.”

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