We have truly lost a great man in Colin Luther Powell. He was a politician, diplomat, statesman and four-star general. He was also the first African-American secretary of state. He was born in Harlem and grew up in the Bronx and never forgot his roots. A true New Yorker. As a young officer in the Army, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam and understood the terrors of war. I myself served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to have done so. I am a member of American Legion Post 103 in Douglaston, N.Y. As we all know, this is a organization whose goal is to help fellow veterans who are hurting. Colin Powell was also dedicated to helping fellow veterans who are suffering from the effects of war. As such, we have lost a brave and courageous soldier. Colin Powell, my heartfelt prayers go out to your family, friends and a nation that has loved you. May you rest in peace for a job well done.
By Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Note: Writer is also Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911.