South Africa’s greatest son laid to rest

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FINAL MOMENTS. Members of the South African armed acting as pall bearers listen to a speech as members of the Mandela family sit at the the burial site of late South African former President Nelson Mandela before his coffin is lowered into into the grave during his funeral in Qunu, December 15, 2013. AFP / South African Broadcasting Corporation

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, was laid to rest December 15, after a state funeral filled with tearful eulogies and strident vows to pursue his ideals of equality and justice. The interment followed a ceremonial state funeral that ran well over its allotted two hours, as speaker after speaker paid emotional tribute to the man who led South Africa out of the apartheid era. His flag-draped casket was placed on cow skins, surrounded by 95 candles – each signifying a year of his extraordinary life.

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