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Abercrombie orders flags to half-staff to honor Mandela

  • FILE - In this Jan. 2007 file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela attends the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. Nelson Mandela's new memoirs explore his anguish over the toll political activism took on his family, according to excerpts that appeared in Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010 newspapers around the world. The excerpts offer readers a sneak peak of "Conversations with Myself," which goes on sale Tuesday and is based on decades of the anti-apartheid icon's notes, letters and conversations. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

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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