Photo Essay

  • Members of the public sing and dance inside the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, on Dec. 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Members of the MK sing and dance during the Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB Stadium, on Dec. 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, arrives at FNB Stadium ahead of the national memorial service for Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • VIP’s and dignitaries stand up for the start of the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, near Johannesburg, South Africa on Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Former President Bill Clinton (C) and his daughter Chelsea (L) attend the memorial service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela at FNB Stadium on Dec. 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • People sing and dance in heavy rain while waiting for Mandela’s memorial service to start in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, watches as President Barrack Obama hugs South African President Jacob Zuma, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • A South African holds a portrait of late South African President Nelson Mandela during the memorial service for Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.
  • People look into a tunnel as they wait for the arrival of President Barack Obama at FNB Stadium in Soweto, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • People hold South African flags as they attend the retransmission of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama (2nd R) pays his respect to former South African President Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel (2nd L) after his speech at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Crowds gather at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013
  • Cuba’s President Raul Castro Ruz listens to speakers during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Former US President George W. Bush (C), Former US President Bill Clinton (bottom R) and former British Prime Minister John Majo arrive for the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.
  • A poster of Nelson Mandela hangs in the window of a bus in Johannesburg, Dec. 10. 2013.
  • Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, arrives with Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • A mourner listens to speeches during Nelson Mandela’s official memorial ceremony, Dec. 10. 2013.
  • Singer Bono (L) and South African actor Charlize Theron (R) attend the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama waits to walk to the stage to speak to crowds, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • South African girls dance during the official memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • A man carries a poster as he arrives for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for the Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Women hold South African flags as they watch the retransmission of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt arrive for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • People wave flags with the image of Nelson Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Spain’s Prince Felipe arrives for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • Mourners arrive ahead of the official memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • A boy sleeps on his mother’s lap ahead of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013.
  • People cheer as U.S. President Obama speaks during the national memorial service for Mandela, Dec. 10, 2013.
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World leaders gather for Nelson Mandela memorial

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World leaders and thousands of mourners gathered on Tuesday to commemorate the life of late South Africa President Nelson Mandela. 

The civil rights activist died on Thursday at age 95, after surviving 27 years in jail and leading the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.

President Obama delivered a moving eulogy, calling the legendary leader a “giant of history.” 

Given the sweep of his life, the scope of his accomplishments, the adoration that he so rightly earned, it’s tempting I think to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men,” Obama said. “But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Madiba insisted on sharing with us his doubts and his fears; his miscalculations along with his victories.  ”I am not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”