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Marpe: ‘Mandela Inspired Millions to Seek Freedom and Equality’

Nelson Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News
Nelson Mandela. Credit: South Africa - The Good News

By order of the Governor, all U.S., State of Connecticut and Westport flags at Town facilities are being flown at half-staff through Monday, in memory of South African leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away yesterday.

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe issued the following statement on the passing of the former South African President:

"Westport gives pause to remember a larger than life leader who passed away yesterday. Nelson Mandela's fight against racism in his own country has spread around the globe. He has inspired millions to seek freedom and equality.

An important lesson Mr. Mandela has taught us is the strength of reconciliation and forgiveness to move a nation forward.

In a speech to the European Parliament, Mr Mandela said, 'Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.'"

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