Private Memorial Service Planned For Gen. Colin Powell Nov. 5

The nation’s first Black Secretary of State died Oct. 18 at age 84.

A memorial service for Colin Powell will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 5, a spokeswoman for the retired U.S. Army general said.

The soldier and diplomat died Oct. 18 at age 84 from complications of COVID-19 after suffering from a number of illnesses in recent years including multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, and Parkinson's disease.

“There will be very limited seating and it will be by invitation only,” Peggy Cifrino said in an emailed statement, NBC News reports.

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The son of Jamaican immigrants was a trailblazer who became the nation’s first Black national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

He is survived by his wife, Alma, 83, their three children Michael, Linda and Annemarie, and two grandchildren.

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The cathedral has held state funerals for four presidents: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, as well as seven presidential memorial services.

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