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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you think the American flag should be flown at half-staff for Americans only?

President Barack Obama flew to South Africa today to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

91 heads of state will gather Tuesday in Johannesburg to pay respects to Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.
               
Mandela lead the fight against discrimination in South Africa, and spent 27 years in prison for defying the country's apartheid policies.
               
On Friday, President Obama ordered flags in the U.S. be flown at half-staff until sunset tonight.
But in South Carolina, Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark announced he would not go along with the President's decision... because Mandela was not American.
               
The sheriff says the honor should be reserved for U.S. citizens.
The President can't force local officials to lower their flags.. and the sheriff isn't breaking any laws.
               
But the half-staff order is hardly unprecedented.
A handful of non-Americans in the last five decades have had the honor extended to them, including  Pope John Paul II, in 2005;  King Hussein, of Jordan, in 1999;  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, in 1995;  Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in 1981;  and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in 1965.

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