Remembering ‘warrior statesman’ Colin Powell

Friday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., family, friends and colleagues of the late Secretary of State Colin Powell gathered to memorialize him. Presidents Biden, Obama and Bush and another secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, were among the guests. His loved ones reflected on who he was as a statesman, friend and father.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    As we were discussing earlier, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., today, family, friends and colleagues of the late Secretary of State Colin Powell gathered to memorialize him.

    Presidents Biden, Obama and Bush and another secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, were among the guests.

    As some of Powell's favorite songs played, a handful who knew him well shared stories about who he was as a statesman, friend, and father.

    Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State: My heart is sad, for I have lost a friend.

    He and I were shaped by different experiences and had different ideas and represented different departments. But over the past quarter-century, we also became very close friends. The reason is, that beneath that glossy exterior of warrior statesman was one of the gentlest and most decent people any of us will ever meet.

    Richard Armitage, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State: Secretary Powell, General Powell, Colin, C.P., however you knew him.

    And visiting the foreign minister of Sweden, Anna Lindh, was in. And she knew of Secretary Powell's affection for ABBA. So she opened up a full C.D. set of ABBA and presented it to him.

    Colin immediately went down on one knee and sang the entire "Mamma Mia."

    (SINGING)

    Michael Powell, Son of Colin Powell: Not long ago, he was driving his Corvette on the Beltway and got a flat tire.

    A young disabled veteran saw him and pulled over to help. A few days later, to thank him for his help, my father invited the vet and his entire family over to the house for dinner.

    I have heard it asked, are we still making his kind? I believe the answer to that question is up to us.

    I hope we recommit ourselves to being a nation where we are still making his kind. Colin Powell was a great lion with a big heart. We will miss him terribly.

    (SINGING)

  • Judy Woodruff:

    A life that brought so much to all of us.

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