A salute to Mr. Truman

The Examiner
Gen. Colin Powell, who died this week, is shown saluting the gravesite of President Harry Truman in 1998, along with Larry Hackman, director of the Truman Library at the time. A former secretary of state and chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Powell visited the Truman Library in Independence in July 1998 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Truman's executive order to desegregate the Armed Forces. He also gave a speech at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence. “I was able to rise to the top of the Armed Forces because of those who went ahead and proved we could do it, and Harry Truman, who gave me the opportunity to show I could do it,” Powell said during his address.