Cooper orders flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Colin Powell

Published 5:52 pm Monday, October 18, 2021

Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff immediately through sunset Friday, October 22, 2021 in honor of General Colin Powell, who died Monday, October 18.

A son of immigrants, General Powell was born in New York City and later became the first African American to serve as U.S. Secretary of State in 2001 under President George W. Bush, stated the announcement from the governor’s office.

“A career military veteran, he served in the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of four-star general in the U.S. Army. He later served as National Security Advisor in 1987 under President Ronald Reagan and Chairman of the Military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush during the 1991 Gulf War,” the announcement continued. “His military decorations include Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Defense Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.”

“Secretary Colin Powell led with integrity and honor. We’re grateful for his service to our country, and our prayers are with his loved ones,” stated Cooper.

Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are also encouraged to fly flags at half-staff for the duration of time indicated.

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