Remembering Mandela

To The Editor:

It is sad to hear of the loss of Nelson Mandela who was an iconic beacon of hope. South Africa and the world has lost a great leader, but more than that, a great human being. He fought against apartheid and fought for peace and unity of a nation. His tenacious and courageous efforts to achieve democracy in South Africa was 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. Nelson Mandela did right the wrongs of his day and did make a difference. Remember this too, Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem was called “Invictus,” by William Ernest Henley, which closed 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. Nelson Mandela, we say goodbye but you will never be forgotten.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.,
Glen Oaks Village