Jacksonville’s U. S. Representative will lead a historic congressional delegation traveling to South Africa to commemorate and celebrate the life of President Nelson Mandela.
Congressman Aaron Schock and the rest of the delegation will join other elected officials and the South African people as they honor the life of President Mandela.
Upon being tapped to lead the delegation Schock said, “I have always had great respect for former president Mandela. The personal sacrifices he made in order to achieve what was right for the people of South Africa is something I carry with me every day. I am humbled to be leading so many of my colleagues in tribute to Nelson Mandela.”
Mandela’s battle against racially charged apartheid rule in South Africa led to his 27 year confinement in prison. Upon release Mandela helped negotiate an end to white minority rule and unify the South African people, culminating with his election as President in 1994.
Mandela’s memorial services will take place tomorrow in Johannesburg, South Africa at FNB Stadium. The ceremony is expected to draw numerous world leaders and more than fill the 95,000 capacity stadium.