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President Biden pauses during a meeting with the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Oval Office of the White House April 20 in Washington, D.C. Photo: by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday to honor former Vice President Walter Mondale who died Monday at age 93.

What he's saying: "Today, our Nation mourns the loss of one of our Nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants," Biden said in his proclamation.

Context: Flags were expected to remain at half-mast through sunset Tuesday evening in memory of eight people killed last week in a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

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Updated Apr 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Jimmy Carter leads tributes to "best vice president" Walter Mondale

Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former President Jimmy Carter at in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Photo: Leigh Vogel/WireImage

Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday remembered his "dear friend" Walter Mondale, as the "best vice president in our country's history."

The big picture: Carter's tribute was one of many from past presidents and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle to Mondale, who died on Monday at the age of 93.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz

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