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Flags lowered at White House in honor of Mandela

Friday, Dec 06, 2013 - 00:47

Dec. 6 - Tourists in D.C. reflect on Mandela's legacy, flags lowered to half staff around Washington. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Flags are lowered to half staff around Washington, D.C. following the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's anti-apartheid hero and first black president U.S. Park Service workers lowered flags in Washington's Freedom Plaza on a rainy Friday morning, matching the mood of those mourning Mandela's passing. Mandela emerged from 27 years in apartheid prisons to help guide his nation to democracy, becoming one of the world's most respected and loved figures. He was elected president in landmark all-race elections in 1994 and retired in 1999. Outside the White House, tourists hailed Mandela's focus on reconciliation and forgiveness. "To be in jail for as long as he was and then come out and really still become president and have such a strong focus on all the positivity in life is a true example and I think it's good for our teenagers to see that," said Scott Polatty of Jacksonville, Florida. At the South African Embassy in D.C., visitors brought flowers and candles to the statue of Mandela that was unveiled in September.

Flags lowered at White House in honor of Mandela

Friday, Dec 06, 2013 - 00:47

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