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City of Bowie Honors Mandela, Flies Flags at Half-Staff

Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, died Thursday at the age of 95.

Flowers are placed at the base of a statue of Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington Dec. 5, 2013. Mandela, one of the world's most beloved statesmen who spent 27 years in prison, has died. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Flowers are placed at the base of a statue of Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy in Washington Dec. 5, 2013. Mandela, one of the world's most beloved statesmen who spent 27 years in prison, has died. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Statement submitted by the City of Bowie.

Today, at Bowie City Hall, the flags of our nation, our state and our city have been lowered to half-staff in honor and memory of Nelson Mandela, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, former president of South Africa, and world citizen. 

The City Council of Bowie joins with people of every race and nation in extending our deepest condolences to the Mandela family, to the citizens of South Africa and to the world community, for their loss. 

Mandela’s actions and sacrifices ultimately lifted up the lives of millions and his ability to forgive those who wronged him inspired us. He dedicated his life to helping others, and his fight for peace, equality, and overall human dignity reached far beyond the borders of South Africa

The City of Bowie joins the world in remembering Nelson Mandela not only as a great man and a great leader, but as a shining example of the basic goodness in men. His legacy will be long lasting.

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