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General Colin Powell has achieved well beyond his distinguished 35 years in the military. Not only was he the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the first Black Secretary of State, he was at one point a legitimate Republican political candidate. Powell is part of the proud history of Black veterans we honor today, on Veteran’s Day and he’ll spend this day speaking to vets at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This is also the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, the statue of two nurses holding a wounded GI that is near the Vietnam memorial. Powell spoke at the groundbreaking for that statue, and is back today to commemorate its 20 years. As for the Vietnam War, which plunged the nation into an unpopular, unwinnable war and cost thousands of American lives, people still have a hard time understanding why Americans went over there.