Former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright will receive the very first “Great American” award from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History this year.
During individual ceremonies, Powell and Albright will be given the inaugural award that “recognizes lifetime contributions that embody American ideals and ideas.”
Albright, who was confirmed as the first female secretary of state under President Clinton in 1997, was born in 1937 in Czechoslovakia and emigrated to the U.S. in 1948, and became a U.S. citizen. Powell became the first African-American secretary of state for George W. Bush in 2001 after serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retiring as a four-star Army general.
The Smithsonian provided a description of what the medals are made of (“fine gold”), and what the inspiration for them was:
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