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Tens of thousands bid farewell to Mandela at memorial service

Updated: 2013-12-11 (KST)
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"We join together in sorrow for a mighty loss and the celebration of a mighty life. What a wonderful display of this 'Rainbow Nation.'"

Some 95-thousand mourners, including dozens of presidents and prime ministers and celebrities descended upon Johannesburg Tuesday to say goodbye to late South African President Nelson Mandela.
The public memorial service was held at First National Bank Stadium, where Mandela gave his first speech after being released from prison.
Despite being a memorial service, and despite the rainy conditions, the mood at the stadium was both joyous and festive.
Thousands of people came together, mirroring the global message of reconciliation.
Several leaders and Mandela's relatives gave speeches praising Mandela's achievements and his life.

"It is hard to eulogise any man, how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice."

Following Tuesday's memorial, Mandela's body will lie in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for three days so citizens can pay their respects.
He will then be buried on Sunday in his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

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