Death of Nelson Mandela, 75205-75206 [2013-29662]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10. 2013 / Presidential Documents 75205 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9067 of December 5, 2013 Death of Nelson Mandela By the President of the United States of America Proclamation Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and human dignity—Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he belongs to the ages. 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. 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. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings—and countries— can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the life of nations or our own personal lives. While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson Mandela’s memory. He left behind a South Africa that is free and at peace with itself—a close friend and partner of the United States. And his memory will be kept in the hearts of billions who have been lifted up by the power of his example. We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It falls to us to carry forward the example that he set—to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; and to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived—a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES4 As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 9, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:40 Dec 09, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\10DED1.SGM 10DED1 75206 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10. 2013 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth. [FR Doc. 2013–29662 Filed 12–9–13; 11:15 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 22:40 Dec 09, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\10DED1.SGM 10DED1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES4 Billing code 3295–F4

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 237 (Tuesday, December 10, 2013)]
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[FR Doc No: 2013-29662]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 78 , No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10. 2013 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9067 of December 5, 2013

                
Death of Nelson Mandela

                By the President of the United States of America

                Proclamation

                Today, the United States has lost a close friend, South 
                Africa has lost an incomparable liberator, and the 
                world has lost an inspiration for freedom, justice, and 
                human dignity--Nelson Mandela is no longer with us, he 
                belongs to the ages.

                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. 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. His journey from a prisoner to 
                a President embodied the promise that human beings--and 
                countries--can change for the better. His commitment to 
                transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him 
                set an example that all humanity should aspire to, 
                whether in the life of nations or our own personal 
                lives.

                While we mourn his loss, we will forever honor Nelson 
                Mandela's memory. He left behind a South Africa that is 
                free and at peace with itself--a close friend and 
                partner of the United States. And his memory will be 
                kept in the hearts of billions who have been lifted up 
                by the power of his example.

                We will not see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. It 
                falls to us to carry forward the example that he set--
                to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to 
                never discount the difference that one person can make; 
                and to strive for a future that is worthy of his 
                sacrifice. For now, let us pause and give thanks for 
                the fact that Nelson Mandela lived--a man who took 
                history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral 
                universe toward justice.

                As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, 
                by the authority vested in me as President of the 
                United States by the Constitution and laws of the 
                United States of America, I hereby order that the flag 
                of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at 
                the White House and upon all public buildings and 
                grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and 
                on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the 
                District of Columbia and throughout the United States 
                and its Territories and possessions until sunset, 
                December 9, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be 
                flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all 
                United States embassies, legations, consular offices, 
                and other facilities abroad, including all military 
                facilities and naval vessels and stations.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                fifth day of December, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the 
                United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
                eighth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2013-29662
Filed 12-9-13; 11:15 am]
Billing code 3295-F4