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U.S. Department of State to Host 50th Commemoration of George C. Marshall

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 15, 2009


The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the George C. Marshall Foundation, will host a luncheon in the Benjamin Franklin Room on Friday, October 16, at 11:45 a.m., commemorating the 50th anniversary of George C. Marshall’s death, and honoring Marshall’s life and legacy.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham 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 in the event. Secretary Gates will receive the Marshall Foundation Award for his distinguished career in public service.

As U.S. Army Chief of Staff during World War II and then as U.S. 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.

This event is open press, no Q&A. All remarks will be on the record. The award ceremony program will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. Members of the press will be escorted from the Franklin Room to the 23rd Street Entrance during the luncheon (12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.) and escorted back to the Franklin Room from the 23rd Street Entrance at approximately 1:15 p.m. for speaker presentations.

Pre-set time for cameras: 10:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Final access time for writers and stills: 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license or passport).

Rick Drake
540-460-0723 (cell)

Office of Press Relations,
U.S. Department of State:
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2009/1023

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