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Flags lowered to commemorate Pearl Harbor attack, honor Mendela

By The Herald Staff | 12/6/2013

Kansas residents are encouraged to lower their flags in recognition of a tragic day in American history, as well as to honor a late world leader.

Gov. Sam Brownback ordered flags lowered Saturday in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which commemorates the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and honors the memory of the more than 2,000 American sailors, soldiers and Marines who lost their lives in the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor forced America’s entry into World War II.

Kansas residents are encouraged to lower their flags in recognition of a tragic day in American history, as well as to honor a late world leader.

Gov. Sam Brownback ordered flags lowered Saturday in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which commemorates the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and honors the memory of the more than 2,000 American sailors, soldiers and Marines who lost their lives in the attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor forced America’s entry into World War II.

Separately, President Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff through sunset Monday to honor the late Nelson Mendela, the first black president of South Africa, who died Thursday.

“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,” Obama said in the order to lower flags.

“Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man,” Obama continued. “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.”

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