Remembering Nelson Mandela

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- We are remembering Nelson Mandela as news of the former South African president's death continues to ripple across the globe.

As we look back on his long life, the reaction is no different here in the Valley.

His legacy, like his life, reached beyond the boundaries of South Africa across the ocean touching the lives of those who never met him.

From New York to New Zealand and places in between including his home in South Africa the world remembers Nelson Mandela.

But even now that he's gone, for Clarence Durrette, it's not a day for mourning.

"I don't see him today as being a man that is dead. I see him as a man who has moved on to his life as a believer, to his reward," said Durrette.

Jim Gilman, who teaches philosophy and religion at Mary Baldwin College, said Mandela lived and impacted the world with integrity.

"It's a way of living in the world that transforms the world into something better than it was. And I think that's the appeal and the attraction as to how he lived his life," said Gilman.

"He was pushing forward for right. And I think the lesson America can learn, that we all must work together and love one another," said Durrette.

A legacy Gilman said that's now in our hands.

"If it is to continue, it is for us to continue it. And not someone else, not to leave it to someone else. But to continue it in our homes in our community and in our nation," said Gilman. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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