LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was honored by Virginia Military Institute, and she returned the favor by paying homage to a VMI alumnus.
Clinton accepted the Distinguished Diplomat Award on Tuesday on VMI's Lexington campus. During an address to students and faculty, she praised George C. Marshall, class of 1901.
Marshall was secretary of state from 1947 to 1949 and was among the architects of the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.
The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/Hklnii ) reports that Clinton spoke to about 1,600 cadets, VMI staff and the public.
VMI's superintendent, Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, called the award given to Clinton "highly appropriate" based on her long and varied career on the national and international scene.