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WATCH: Former Sec. of State Colin Powell remembered during memorial service Friday

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Nov 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-05 14:03:06-04

Colin L. Powell, the widely praised soldier-diplomat who died of complications from COVID-19 last month, was remembered at a funeral service Friday at the Washington National Cathedral.

ABC News aired a special report on the funeral service Friday. Watch it in the media player below:

Powell was a model for minorities in public and private life.

A Vietnam combat veteran, he rose to become the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black secretary of state.

Powell had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but his family said his immune system had been compromised by multiple myeloma, a blood cancer for which he had been undergoing treatment.

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