FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- In accordance with a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama, flags throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut and the entire nation will be flown at half-staff through Monday to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, Dec. 5.
"Nelson Mandela achieved more than could be expected of any man. His own struggle inspired others to believe in the promise of a better world, and the rightness of reconciliation," Obama said in his proclamation. "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."
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy echoed the call to lower flags in honor of Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’ changed our world for the better," Malloy said. "The cause of his life became the world’s cause, and in 1987, the State of Connecticut joined him by banning state investments in companies that did business in South Africa in support of his mission of ending racial segregation policies."
All flags flown on public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels throughout the United States and its territories and possessions should remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Dec. 9, Obama said.
Mandela, the human rights leader and former South African president, died Thursday at 95 at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.