Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day

Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day 

At Qunu, South Africa 

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 

Nelson Mandela’s funeral was on Sunday, December 15, 2013, the funeral service accompanied a mixture of rituals. His body was escorted by a full guard of honor and marked by a 21-gun salute, while warriors in traditional Xhosa dress chanted and danced.

There was a gathering of leaders from around the world in South Africa. Even though Nelson Mandela had gone, his legacy of political and other contribution to the society will be remembered always.

Another of his legacies was that for the first time in history, Nelson Mandela’s death brought people of all races, faiths, ages and income levels together to grieve as one in South Africa.

Inside the marquee, Nelson Mandela’s portrait had been placed behind 95 candles, representing one for each year of the late president’s life.

The final journey: Nelson Mandela’s coffin was carried by coffin bearers in Qunu, the late South Africa leader’s childhood home.  Photo: SAEC/Reuters

Funeral guests and members of the South Africa Defense Forces prepare for Mandela’s funeral on his family’s property, in Qunu,South Africa.   Photograph: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images

 A military honor guard lines the route for former South Africa president Nelson Mandela’s funeral procession as it makes its way to his final resting place in his home village of Qunu, on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

At the end of memorial ceremony a military guard of honor carried Nelson Mandela’s coffin, draped in the South Africa flag, out of marquee as the audience sang.

A marching platoon of the presidential guard, wearing green ceremonial uniforms and carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, escorted the coffin, which had been transferred to a gun carriage, to the burial site.

 Member of the South Africa Navy lined the road from the Mandela family house to his burial site in Qunu.

Left-Soldiers stand at attention over former South Africa president Nelson Mandela’s casket before his burial in his home village of Qunu, Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Right-Nelson Mandela was laid to rest following a short graveside sermon by Bishop Siwa.  As a military bugler played the Last Post, followed by Reveille, the pall bearers saluted and then withdraw as did the cameras, allowing the Mandela family a private moment at the graveside.

 A flypast took place as former South Africa president Nelson Mandela was laid to rest.

On a hill overlooking Qunu, Zulu men performed a traditional dance.

Inside the marquee guests listen to the speeches contributing to the late former South Africa president Nelson Mandela at his home village of Qunu, on Sunday, December 15, 2013.        Nelson Mandela spent much of his childhood in the small, Eastern Cape village of Qunu– a place he chose to return to after his release from prison. The ceremony was held in a marquee constructed for the event.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Mandela’s former second wife Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, center, stand by his coffin.  Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 After the two-hour service, Nelson Mandela’s Thembu community will conduct a private traditional Xhosa ceremony – including songs and poems about Mandela’s life and his achievements.

Nelson Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe told the BBC earlier in the week that the former president’s family gathered around him to say goodbye in his final hour.  She is seen here arriving for the funeral in Qunu.

Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, Nandi speaks to attendees.  She recounted stories and anecdotes of her grandfather’s family life, “He was a true servant of the people, his mission in life was to make lives better.” She says, “He truly cared for his family and children.”    Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 Anti-aparteid activist and close friend of Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, gives a speech during the funeral ceremony of South Africa former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside Mandela in 1964.   Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty images

 Left-The President of South Africa Jacob Zuma addresses his tribute to former president Nelson Mandela.

Right-Following his speech President Zuma received thanks from Nelson Mandela’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.   

Left- Jesse Jackson, left, greets Zambia founding president, Kenneth Kaunda.

Right-Oprah Winfrey, center, her husband, Stedman Graham, left, and Richard Branson, right attend the service. Photograph:  AFP/Getty images   

Left-Prince Charles was among the guests that attended the funeral of South Africaf ormer president Nelson Mandela in Qunu on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Right-The former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki talks to Norway’s former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.   

People gather to pay their last respect at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.  Photograph: Foto24/Getty images

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2 responses to “Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day”

  1. Joe Miles Avatar
    Joe Miles

    This article is telling a lie. Mandelas first wife died well before Mandela died, 2004 if i’m not mistaken. How can then she identified as one the people in one of the pictures above.?

  2. ingon Avatar

    Dear Mr. Joe Miles,
    Thank you very much for pointing out the mistake on my project on “Nelson Mandela’s Funeral Day” about Nelson Mandela’s first wife, died well before Mandela die. She died on April 30, 2004.
    I took the picture and information from The Guardian UK. I went back to check from the link that I posted, apparently there is no mention about Nelson Mandela’s first wife. Someone, like you probably told them about the mistake and the Guardian deleted the mistake. But I would not say “This article is telling a lie”, because no one is perfect. We all have done something wrong on some occasion, usually we learn from our mistakes.
    Thanks again for your email. Sorry for my late response, because only now have I had the opportunity to open my email.
    Sincerely yours,
    Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts
    “Nelson Mandela/First wife
    Evelyn Mase
    Evelyn Mase (18 May 1922 – 30 April 2004) was a South African nurse, who was the first wife of the anti-apartheid activist and future politician Nelson Mandela, to whom she was married from 1944 to 1958. She was the mother of four of his children, including Makgatho Mandela and Makaziwe Mandela.”
    From Google search on 10.29.2017

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