Citing Colin Powell's (search) dedication to public service and to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Anti-Defamation League (search) on Monday presented the former secretary of state with its highest honor, the America's Democratic Legacy Award (search).

"This one will always be special to me because this is an organization whose work I deeply respect and trust," Powell said.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, fights anti-Semitism (search) with programs designed to counter hatred, prejudice and bigotry.