Heads of state, friends, and colleagues gathered at the Kennedy Center to commemorate the life of Richard Holbrooke, who died last month at the age of 69. President Obama, Former President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the memorial.
Also in attendance were Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili, as well as 20 foreign ministers and 125 diplomatic leaders.
Holbrooke passed away on December 13, after undergoing surgery for a tear in his aorta. He was the Obama Administration’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, he served as a former ambassador to the United Nations during the Clinton Administration and as the chief negotiator at the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the war in Bosnia.