Lexington, VA (PRWEB) October 12, 2009
The George C. Marshall Foundation, Lexington, Va., will commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Marshall's death with a luncheon at the U.S. Dept. of State in Washington on October 16 honoring Marshall's life and legacy.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and the U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., each representing the three principal positions held by George Marshall, will participate.
Secretary Gates will receive the Marshall Foundation Award for selfless service to his country. Secretary Gates will be honored for his distinguished, 43-year career in public service, which includes 27 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, two years of which he served as director and nine years at the National Security Council serving four presidents, and as secretary of defense under two presidents.
The George C. Marshall Foundation Award honors an individual for a career of distinguished service in the tradition of George C. Marshall, dignity and integrity of character, devotion to creating and perpetuating free and democratic institutions and nonpartisanship or bipartisanship. Past recipients of the Marshall Foundation Award have included President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Mr. David Rockefeller.
Few Americans have done as much for their country as George C. Marshall. As Army Chief of Staff during World War II and then as Secretary of State, Marshall was not only the architect of the Allies' victory, he was also the prime mover behind the European Recovery Program ("The Marshall Plan") that restored the economy of war-ravaged Europe. Later at the request of President Harry Truman, Marshall served as special envoy to China and Secretary of Defense during the Korean War. He was also president of the American Red Cross. He died on October 16, 1959 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery where the Marshall Foundation will conduct a private graveside ceremony earlier on the 16th.
The George C. Marshall Foundation celebrates the legacy of George C. Marshall and inspires new leaders. The independent Marshall Foundation is the place where the values that shaped and motivated Marshall are kept alive. The Foundation perpetuates Marshall's leadership qualities and exemplary character through its educational and international programs, scholars' programs, and facilities that include a museum and research library containing more than one million documents related to Marshall and his era. http://www.marshallfoundation.org