Lexington, VA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the 2011 George C. Marshall Foundation Award at a gala dinner on June 2 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Marshall Foundation will honor Secretary Clinton for her selfless service to the country and to the world as first lady, U.S. senator from New York and the current secretary of state.
The Marshall Foundation Award recognizes Secretary Clinton’s long-standing support of the U.S. military and its soldiers, families and veterans, for her passionate advocacy on behalf of women and children whose voices are not being heard, and for her relentless devotion to spreading the highest ideals of democracy across the globe.
Past recipients of the Marshall Foundation Award have included Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former President George H. W. Bush, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), David Rockefeller, and in 2010, Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx, among others.
The June 2 Award dinner program will include remarks by former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright; former president of Chile and current under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women Michelle Batchelet; Gen. Raymond Odierno, USA, commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command and Michael Strianese, chairman, president and CEO, L-3 Communications. Christiane Amanpour, who is the anchor of ABC News “This Week with Christiane Amanpour,” will serve as the master of ceremonies.
The George C. Marshall Foundation, located in Lexington, Va., celebrates the example of George C. Marshall and inspires new leaders. With its museum, library, and archives, the independent Marshall Foundation is the place where the values that shaped and motivated Marshall are kept alive. The Foundation perpetuates Marshall’s example through its leadership, scholarship and statesmanship programs.
George C. Marshall was a man whose contributions to our nation and the world cannot be overstated. As Army Chief of Staff during World War II and later as Secretary of State, Marshall was the architect of the Allies’ victory and the prime mover behind the European Recovery Plan (“The Marshall Plan”) that restored the economy of war-ravaged Europe. He served as Secretary of Defense during the Korean War and was a president of the American Red Cross.
Because of his leadership during World War I, World War II and the Cold War that followed, Marshall was America’s predominant figure during the first half of the 20th century, the period that editor and publisher Henry Luce called “the American Century.”