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Abercrombie orders flags to half-staff to honor Mandela

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:52 p.m. HST, Dec 05, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie ordered that the flags of the United States and of Hawaii be flown at half-staff at all state offices and the Hawaii National Guard until sunset Monday in honor of Nelson Mandela who died today.

"Nelson Mandela reminded us all of our common humanity. He was the symbol and the living reality of what perseverance and determination a human being can bring to bear on behalf of the freedom of us all," the governor said. 

President Barack Obama also ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff for the same period. 

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MolokaiChuck wrote:
Not sure I understand why this would be done for a non-American???????????
on December 5,2013 | 03:58PM
RichardCory wrote:
Because we are rising above the stupidity of blind nationalism and are instead learning to respect important figures in the global society that we are all a part of?
on December 5,2013 | 07:09PM
eoe wrote:
51.1 percent of america understands that, 47.2 percent are knuckle draggers.
on December 5,2013 | 07:46PM
Oahuan wrote:
I thought this was only reserved for Americans?
on December 5,2013 | 04:06PM
eoe wrote:
OMG, one more reason for the right wing to whine. Grow up, it is the president's prerogative to lower it for whatever he wants to. Bush lowered it for Pope John Paul (2005), tsunami victims (2004).
on December 5,2013 | 04:20PM
scooters wrote:
Just BS..plain and simple..Half mast for a non-AMERICAN? Stupid Governor...
on December 5,2013 | 06:21PM
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