AARP honors Colin Powell with Andrus Award



Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell was awarded the highest honor from the AARP last night as the organization held its national leadership forum at Baltimore's Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

Powell urged an audience of about 800 to find activities that will give back to society, using his involvement with youth since his retirement as an example.

"Look for new and exciting things to do," Powell said.

Powell, 69, who recently said he had urged President Bush before the invasion of Iraq to send more troops to the region, avoided any talk of politics or the war other than to say Americans "owe the people of Iraq the democracy we promised them."

Although greeted warmly, his remarks on the war drew only a smattering of applause.

The Andrus Award he received is named for the Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958.

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