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John Warner Knighted for Service

Anita Kumar

Former U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) will be made an honorary Knight Commander by Queen Elizabeth II.

The award is in recognition of Warner's service to strengthening the alliance between the United States and United Kingdom, particularly in fighting threats to national security around the world, according to a press release from the British Ambassador.

"John Warner has spent his life in the service of the American people,'' British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald said. "Throughout his long and distinguished career he has been a constant and unstinting friend of the United Kingdom, working with us on issues ranging from defense cooperation to the Northern Ireland peace process."

The British Embassy in Washington hosted a dinner last night to announce Warner's award and pay tribute to his career. Guests included Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), former Sen. Charles Robb, National Security Adviser General Jim Jones, General David Petraeus and General Colin Powell.

Warner ended a 30-year career in the U.S. Senate last month.

"It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity, sharing the responsibility with others, to maintain the credibility and vitality of the historic UK-US defense relationship, which provides leadership and incentive for other free nations to seek peace through strength,'' Warner said.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 19, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , John W. Warner  
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