Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army general Colin L. Powell will observe Veterans Day at Norwich University and deliver the fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk on campus at 7pm in Shapiro Field House.
Both Tuesday, Nov. 11 events are free and open to the public.
Distinguished by his public service over the course of his 50-year career, Powell has held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations.
From 1987-1989, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. He served from 1989-1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush appointed Powell the 65th Secretary of State, a nomination unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Since leaving public office, Powell has focused on improving educational opportunities for young people and issues of national economic development and efficient energy use.
The author of two best-selling books, “My American Journey” and “It Worked for Me,” he currently serves on numerous boards, including the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York (his alma mater) and the Council on Foreign Relations.
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Norwich University will honor all veterans in a remembrance ceremony to be held at 3pm on campus on the Upper Parade Ground. Events will include a review of the entire Corps of Cadets, which currently stands at 1,450 members. General Powell will serve as the reviewing officer, and he will receive special honors. Powell will also accompany undergraduate Cadet Colonel Regan Steen, NU’15, in placing a memorial wreath.
The ceremony will include special remarks by Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, (USA Ret.) and President Richard W. Schneider. Sullivan ’59, serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich. All veterans, family members and their supporters are invited to attend. Accessible parking and seating are available.
Later that evening, Powell will present “Leadership: Taking Charge,” the fall 2014 Todd Lecture Series talk at 7pm in Shapiro Field House. No tickets are required. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 6pm.