Flags Lowered To Honor Nelson Mandela

President Barack Obama has ordered flags lowered to honor Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at his home in South Africa.

In a proclamation issued last night, the President has ordered “that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations … until sunset, December 9, 2013.”

Hook & Ladder firefighters will lower the Main Street flag this morning.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement on Thursday evening regarding the death of Nelson Mandela:
“Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ changed our world for the better.  The cause of his life became the world’s cause, and in 1987, the State of Connecticut joined him by banning state investments in companies that did business in South Africa in support of his mission of ending racial segregation policies. 
“His reverent passion for justice will continue to inspire generations of citizens to improve social, political, racial, and humanitarian conditions around the world.  While the news of his passing is cause for sorrow, we should be forever grateful for his incomparable contribution to the cause for equality.”
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