ORLANDO, Fla. — On Monday, General Colin Powell passed away at 84 years old.
“General Colin Powell was a patriot of unmatched honor and dignity,” said President Joe Biden. “The son of immigrants, born in New York City, raised in Harlem and the South Bronx, a graduate of the City College of New York, he rose to the highest ranks of the United States military and to advise four Presidents.”
Powell was the United States’ first Black secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and national security advisor.
To honor General Colin Powell and his impact on our nation, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has joined President Biden in directing Florida to lower flags to half-staff.
“I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida immediately until sunset on Friday, October 22, 2021,” DeSantis stated.
Powell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and again in 1993 with distinction.
“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,” Biden said. “Colin Powell was a good man who I was proud to call my friend, and he will be remembered in history as one of our great Americans.”