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Statehouse Tribute for Nelson Mandela

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December 8, 2013 — An Indiana U.S. senator was among leaders to paid tribute today to anti-apartheid movement leader Nelson Mandela.

Religious and civic leaders and a diverse crowd of Hoosiers praised Mandela as a model of reconciliation, understanding and perseverance.

A memorial service for the former South African president drew about 200 people to the Indiana Statehouse Sunday for a celebration in words and music of the life of Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95.

Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly said the world has lost a giant “but how lucky we were to be in his presence.”

The service drew blacks, whites and Asians young and old, and members of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh (seek) faiths. ¬†Banners touted values Mandela embodied including forgiveness, understanding and unity, shown in his inclusive leadership after spending 27 years in prison for leading anti-apartheid political movements against South Africa’s government policies.

Catholic Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis said Mandela “treated truth as a path to true and lasting reconciliation.”

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation ordering flags flown at half-mast through sunset Monday. Nelson Mandela 2013 Barack Obama proclamation

 

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