Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff This Weekend To Honor Both Those Who Died At Pearl Harbor And Nelson Mandela

Date posted - December 6, 2013

half staff NCCThere are two reasons for flags to be at half staff this weekend. Not only is Saturday Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, but the President has also ordered flags in the US to be flown at half staff as a mark of respect for the memory of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, December 5th.

Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 PM Friday, December 6, 2013 – 8 AM on Monday, December 9, 2013 in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day weekend.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

Washington, DC — As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama has ordered that the flag of the United States should be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, on Monday, December 9, 2013. The President also directed that the flag should be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

President Obama’s proclamation:

Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity — Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages.

Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man. His own struggle inspired others to believe in the promise of a better world, and the rightness of reconciliation. Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed South Africa — and moved the entire world. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings — and countries — can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the life of nations or our own personal lives.

While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson Mandela’s memory. He left behind a South Africa that is free and at peace with itself — a close friend and partner of the United States. And his memory will be kept in the hearts of billions who have been lifted up by the power of his example.

We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set — to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; and to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, I hereby order 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, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 9, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.

BARACK OBAMA

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One Response to “Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff This Weekend To Honor Both Those Who Died At Pearl Harbor And Nelson Mandela”

  1. Linda Ill says:

    I am proud to see American flags around Des Moines being flown at half-staff in honor of our heroic American military who served and died or were injured, and defended Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

    As for American flags being flown at half-staff in honor of Nelson Mandela, and regarding the glowing eulogy written above by someone at your radio station, it is painfully obvious that whoever wrote this has absolutely NO IDEA of a single iota of the history of Nelson Mandela.

    He was a member of the South African Communist Party, and the head of the “armed wing” (the terrorist branch) of the African National Committee. He led hundreds of terrorist bombings of whites–and fellow blacks–throughout South Africa for several years. He hated whites and Jews, and never refuted his violent crimes which resulted in the savage bombings of malls, theaters, banks, restaurants, etc, with thousands of innocent people, including men, women and children being blown to smitherines because of the hatred of Nelson Mandela.

    He was rightly imprisoned for his crimes against humanity: his mass murders. He never apologized, and became president of South Africa when he was released from prison because of the politically-correct music concerts in S.A. demanding his release.

    Nelson Mandela was a cancer on the human race. He was a racist mass murderer, and it’s absolutely repulsive to know that MY American flag is honoring this evil, vile devil.

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