As a mark of respect for the memory of Nelson Mandela, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard, until sunset on Dec. 9.
Gov. Abercrombie shared the following remarks upon learning of Mandela's passing:
"Nelson Mandela reminded us all of our common humanity. He was the symbol and the living reality of what perseverance and determination a human being can bring to bear on behalf of the freedom of us all."
"It’s less that he is passed from us than the message of his life stays with us. If we can retain that in our hearts and our minds, then we, too, can focus on our common humanity for the benefit of all."
President Barack Obama ordered that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period of time 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, as well as at all U.S. embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad.