Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach has announced the city will participate in a number of events and activities to honor the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president.
"We join with people from all across the world to mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela. President Mandela taught us lessons of forgiveness and resilience by his life's example. He spoke not just to peace and equality but to matters of the heart and to our responsibilities as neighbors one to another. He leaves an enduring legacy that challenges us to seek the greater good for the common good," said Mayor Randy Roach. "I want to invite all of our residents to come out and remember President Mandela by participating in the signing the memorial book."
On Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 pm, a special memorial service will be hosted by the US Embassy to South Africa at the Church of the Good Shepherd located at 715 Kirkman Street in Lake Charles. Honorary Counsul to South Africa, Mr. Keith Doley will be the guest speaker.
Then beginning on Monday, December 16 and continuing through December 20, people can sign a memorial book for Mandela at a number of locations around the city.
Those locations are:
City of Lake Charles, City Hall; 326 Pujo Street
Martin Luther King Center; 2009 North Simmons Street
Lanza Community Center; 609 Sycamore Street
Bellard Community Center; 2808 Hillcrest Street
Henry Heights Community Center; 801 School Street
Calcasieu Parish Central Library; 301 Claude Street
Carnegie Memorial Library; 411 Pujo Street
Epps Memorial Library; 1320 North Simmons Street
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