Obama To Speak At Nelson Mandela Memorial

Nelson Mandela’s funeral, farewell plans – a day by day breakdown

The main speaker at the memorial will be President Jacob Zuma , who has won praise for his gravitas and dignity in the days since Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95, urging South Africans to emulate Mandela’s example and to give him a fitting funeral. Also Photos:Actors who have portrayed Nelson Mandela on screen The service will be broadcast on screens set up in squares, stadiums and meeting places across South Africa, while millions are expected to watch the event on television. The main stadium is expected to fill quickly, and those who are turned away will be asked to go to other venues with screens. More than 90 world leaders are expected to attend the memorial, including heads of state, heads of government and royals.
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Nelson Mandela memorial, jazz funeral planned in New Orleans on Friday

“My Israel, which so craves and demands legitimacy and recognition as a full partner in the community of nations, does not consider a man like Nelson Mandela, or a nation like South Africa, or the sentiment of an entire world, worth the price of a plane flight,” he wrote. But the deeper issue may have been Netanyahu’s shaky reputation on the world stage, particularly among the dozens of leaders from the developing world who will be in attendance, including Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Netanyahu is widely viewed as a hard-liner whose support for Jewish settlements in occupied lands is not conducive to peace. While Netanyahu venerated Mandela last week as one of “the greatest figures of our time,” Israel’s relations with post-apartheid South Africa have been strained.
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Israeli Leader Backs out of Mandela Funeral

Thembu elders and members of the Mandela family make the journey with Mandela’s casket. Thousands of mourners are expected to line the streets from Mthatha airport to watch as the military transports Mandela‘s casket on a gun carriage to the remote village of Qunu, where the former leader spent his childhood years. Along the way the procession is expected to pause for prayers to allow ordinary South Africans to pay their respects. Once at Mandela’s house, the military will formally pass responsibility for his remains to his family. The South African flag that is expected to be draped over the coffin will be replaced with a traditional Xhosa blanket, symbolizing the return of one of their own. At dusk, ANC leaders, local chiefs and Mandela’s family are expected to gather for a private night vigil before a very public funeral the next day. Day 10 The funeral and burial will be on the grounds of Mandela’s Qunu home. It’s expected that thousands of people, including dozens of heads of state, will gather for the state funeral. The funeral will take place under a large tent nestled in the hills where Mandela ran and played as a child. A tight military cordon is expected, in an attempt to assuage security fears.
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Photos: A public farewell to Nelson Mandela

13) with a memorial service followed by a jazz funeral, city officials said. The former South African president and anti-apartheid leader who died last week at 95 will be honored locally because he left an indelible impression on the city and its citizens, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “President Mandela


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