WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement regarding the memorial service for Nelson Mandela:
“Today I joined tens of thousands of South Africans and world leaders in Johannesburg to pay my last respects at the memorial service for anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
“It was moving to see people come together from every corner of the world and all walks of life to pay proper tribute to a global giant.
“I met President Mandela on three occasions, most recently during his last visit to Washington. And each time it was an honor to sit at the feet of a transformational leader that made it his life’s purpose to pursue justice and equality.
“While we mourn the world’s loss, we celebrate President Mandela’s tremendous life. His legacy will continue to serve as an inspiration for all.”