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Mr. and Mrs. Powell this evening will announce the first-ever recipient of the Colin and Alma Powell Legacy Award, presented to a school, facility or program that embodies the ideals and work of the alliance.

And the winner is: The Vito Marcantonio School (PS 50) in East Harlem, New York. The principal of PS 50, Rebekah Marler-Mitchell,will accept the award and a $100,000 donation to be used to help the school provide more resources to more children and families.

‘Giant in history’

He might not be the most popular politician in Britain’s history, but Tony Blair, who resigns today as his country’s prime minister, is being hailed on this side of the pond.

A resolution passed by Congress praises Mr. Blair for standing “side-by-side with the United States during conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Furthermore, “Mr. Blair showed British solidarity with the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks by being the first foreign leader to visit Ground Zero and attending PresidentBush’s speech before a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001.”

Britain is a steadfast ally to the United States in the war on terrorism, and is the second-largest contributor of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“So, this is a moment where it’s seldom that we see giants in history, and it’s important, I think, that we not wait 50 or 100 years or several centuries to acknowledge them, but to acknowledge them in their own time as being prophets with honor,” commented Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican.

In 2003, Mr. Blair was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award that can be bestowed by Congress.

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