Secretary Madeleine Albright, who served as the United States Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, passed away on February 14, 2021, at the age of 84. The funeral for the renowned diplomat was held in Washington D.C. on March 9, 2021, at the Washington National Cathedral.
Albright’s funeral was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including several former U.S. Presidents. Former President Bill Clinton gave the eulogy, in which he praised Albright’s accomplishments during her time as Secretary of State. He said she was “the definition of a stateswoman: wise, brave, and always determined to do the right thing.”
Other politicians in attendance included former Secretary of State John Kerry, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. International dignitaries in attendance included the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
In addition to the political dignitaries, many of Albright’s personal friends and family members were in attendance. Among those were her children, Anne, Alice, and Jamie, as well as her grandchildren. Her daughter Anne gave a moving tribute to her mother, calling her “the most loving and generous person I have ever known.”
The service was a celebration of Albright’s life and legacy. Speakers recounted her many accomplishments, from her groundbreaking role as the first female Secretary of State to her time as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. They also spoke about her unwavering commitment to diplomacy, her tireless work for human rights, and her lifelong dedication to peace and justice.
A moment of silence was held for Albright, followed by a rendition of the song “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” The service concluded with a rendition of “America the Beautiful” and a flyover of military jets in her honor.
Albright’s funeral was a fitting tribute to her remarkable life and legacy. She is remembered as an inspirational leader and a tireless advocate for human rights and international cooperation. Her memory will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew her and the many lives she touched.
The funeral of Secretary Madeleine Albright was a dignified and fitting tribute to a remarkable woman. She will be remembered for her tireless dedication to peace, justice, and human rights. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those who knew her and the many lives she touched.