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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.

(Continue reading for a link to her full address.)

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.

You can see the entire award ceremony and Secretary Clinton’s address below, courtesy of VMI: