Nelson Mandela's body laid to rest in Qunu
December 16 , 2013
The former President of South Africa, anti-apartheid campaigner, and statesman, Nelson Mandela, was laid to rest amid military pomp and ceremony at his childhood village of Qunu. South Africa organized a series of grand ceremonies culminating in a 21-gun salute, and helicopters flew over the grave site in honor of a man who had led his nation to a more inclusive freedom. Previously, a galaxy of global leaders attended a memorial service that celebrated the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela passed away on 5th December at his home in Houghton, aged 95. His body was flown from Pretoria to Mthatha in Eastern Cape province, and then taken in a cavalcade by road to Qunu, where he was buried on Sunday. President Jacob Zuma led mourners, as he accepted the flag which draped Mandela's coffin from military pallbearers and handed it over to Mandela's family. At his family's request, the lowering of the casket into his grave was not open to the media. "Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," said a mourner at the ceremony.