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It is sad to hear of the lost of Nelson Mandela, who was an iconic beacon of hope. The world has lost a great leader but more than that a great human being. He fought against apartheid and fought for the peace and unity of a nation.

His tenacious and courageous efforts to achieve Democracy in South Africa were truly remarkable, if not epic. He was a unique human being who would not acquiesce nor capitulate to the evil powers that existed. Even being in prison for 27 years could not destroy his indomitable spirit.

Mandela did right the wrongs of his day and did make a difference. His favorite poem was called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, which closes by saying, “No matter how straight the gate nor charge the punishments the scroll, I am master of my fate and captain of my soul.”

He truly lived by those words.


Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village


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