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No Lowered Flag for Nelson Mandela

A South Carolina sheriff is refusing to lower the flag outside the office to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says he will not lower the flag to half–staff outside his station to honor the former president of South Africa, because the civil rights leader was not a United States citizen.

Clark did note that Mandela was a great man, who did great things for his country,

but maintained that the flag should only be lowered for those who have sacrificed for America.

Clark says, "To show a sign of respect for what Nelson Mandela has done I have no problem with lowering it in South Africa in their country. But for our country it should be the people, in my opinion, who have sacrificed for our country."

Clark says he's grateful to live in a country that grants him the right to disagree.

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