Tens of thousands attended the memorial service of former South African President Nelson Mandela The First National Bank Stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg. A hero for his role as a freedom fighter not only at home, but across the globe, Mandela’s service was attended by world leaders including US President Barck Obama.
We have selected some photos from that memorial which illustrate the importance of a man like Mandela and highlight the fact that he will be remembered for decades, if not centuries.
A man reacts to the words of U.S. President Barack Obama during the national memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg's National Bank Stadium – Reuters
South Africans brave the rain as they listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speaking during the service – Reuters
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) greets Cuban President Raul Castro before giving his speech. Obama shook the hand of Castro at a memorial for Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two nations at loggerheads for more than half a century. – Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma holds the official program for the memorial service – Reuters
Princess Charlene of Monaco (R) arrives for the service for Nelson Mandela – Reuters
A woman in a colorful wig smiles at the national memorial service – Reuters
People walk into the seating area as they arrive to pay homage to their great leader – Reuters
Former South African President Nelson Mandela ex-wife Winnie Mandela (L), wife Graca Machael (R) and other family members attend the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela – Reuters
People pose for a picture while holding a placard of Madiba – Reuters
People look at tributes left for former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his Houghton home in Johannesburg – Reuters