“There will be very limited seating and it will be by invitation only,” spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino said.
A private memorial service for Gen. Colin Powell will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Nov. 5.
Powell — America’s first Black national security adviser, first Black Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, and first Black Secretary of State — died Monday of complications from COVID-19. Powell, who was 84, was fully vaccinated but had a compromised immune system that made him more susceptible to contracting the virus.
Powell had multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that hurts the body’s ability to fight infections. In 2003, The New York Times reported that then-Secretary of State Powell had surgery to treat prostate cancer, which was detected in its early stages.
Four presidents have had state funerals held at the Washington National Cathedral: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. “There will be very limited seating and it will be by invitation only,” spokeswoman Peggy Cifrino said of the memorial service in an emailed statement to The Associated Press.
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