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Flags To Remain Lowered Following Death Of Former Vice President Mondale



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The President has ordered flags lowered again, this time to honor a former Vice President.

President Joseph Biden on April 20 ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Walter F. Mondale, the former Democratic senator and Vice President who died Monday, April 19.

Mondale was 93 at the time of his death, which happened at his home in Minneapolis.

Mondale had served as vice president under President Jimmy Carter, from 1977 until 1981.

Flags were already lowered across the country, so the proclamation issued Tuesday afternoon effectively extends the period they will be down. Americans were ordered last week to lower flags to memorialize the eight people killed on April 15 during a mass casualty shooting incident in Indianapolis, Ind.

Flags were to remain lowered until sunset today.

With the new proclamation calling for Americans to honor their former Vice President, flags will now remain lowered until sunset of the day of Mondale’s interment.

Biden’s proclamation opened by calling the former vice president “one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants.” Biden outlined Mondale’s decades-long career, from Minnesota attorney general and senator, to the country’s vice president and then US ambassador to Japan.

“For nearly 60 years he had a remarkable partnership with his wife Joan, a devoted advocate for the arts, who passed away in 2014,” the President’s proclamation continued. “We mourned when he lost his daughter Eleanor in 2011 and today our Nation’s sympathies lie with his sons Ted and William and his six grandchildren.”

In a statement issued Monday evening, former President Carter also remembered his late Vice President. Carter said he considered Mondale “the best vice president in our country’s history,” adding “Fritz Mondale provided us all with a model for public service and private behavior.”

Following suit, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also directed US and state flags in Connecticut to fly at half staff, for the same period.

“On behalf of the State of Connecticut, my condolences are with the Mondale family,” Lamont said Tuesday. “Vice President Mondale devoted himself to championing the civil rights of all Americans and worked to ensure that everyone has opportunity to achieve success in their lives regardless of their socioeconomic background or upbringing. We are deeply grateful for his service to the United States and the legacy he leaves.”

Associated Press content was used in the preparation of this story.

The flag on the Main Street flagpole, as viewed Monday afternoon, April 19. Flags across the country were lowered last week to memorialize those killed in a mass shooting incident in Indianapolis. On Tuesday, President Joseph Biden announced flags — which were to be raised tonight at sunset — will remain lowered to honor the late Vice President Walter Mondale. —Bee Photo, Hicks
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