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National Eagle Center General Powell Medal of Freedom

The National Eagle Center has a new item on display in its American Eagle Gallery in celebration of Black History Month.


Visitors to the Center can now see and learn about Gen. Colin Powell’s Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest award that can be given to a civilian and is earned for significant contributions to national security and interests for the United States, culture, and peace.


A truly distinguished American, Powell served the United States in some official capacity for nearly 50 years as an American army officer, diplomat, politician, and statesman.


He served as the nation’s 65th and first black Secretary of State of the United States in the administration of President George W. Bush.


His military career spanned 35 years and he eventually rose to the rank of four-star General and served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His decorated record earned him not one, but two Presidential Medals of Freedom, his first from President George H. W. Bush in 1991 and his second being awarded to him with “distinction” in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

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