Flags have been lowered to half staff in honor of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who died Wednesday. Albright was 84 and died from cancer, according to a statement from her family.
Albright served as the first female Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001 during the Clinton administration. According to her families statement, Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelova in Prague and came to the United States as a refugee in 1948. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. At the time of her death she was a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and service on many foundations and institutes.
President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. flag to be lowered and to fly at half staff until Sunday, March 27, the day of Albright’s internment. Biden described Albright in a statement as “a force for goodness, grace, and decency—and for freedom.”
The President’s full statement is available here.
— Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) March 23, 2022
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan described Albright as a true champion of freedom and democracy in a statement released Wednesday.
Our nation has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy. My statement on the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: pic.twitter.com/JsGSfHo3mK
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 23, 2022