Emotional scenes as Mandela is buried

Qunu, South Africa (PANA) – The coffin bearing the remains of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela was lowered into the ground in Qunu on Sunday afternoon following a moving funeral and an emotional final prayer ceremony.

An army procession escorted the coffin from the giant marquee where the funeral was held to the grave site where the remains of Mandela’s children are located.

Only 450 selected guests were able to proceed from the arena to the cemetery because of space constraints and to allow the family privacy.

In scenes reminiscent of Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically-elected leader in 1994, three military helicopters carrying the national flag hovered over the procession.

A squadron of jets then flew over the burial site in the missing man formation. The pattern of the jets is usually only formed when pilots are saluting a missing comrade.

The national anthem was played, a 21-gun salute fired, the Last Post was sounded and the coffin carrying Africa’s greatest son was lowered into the ground.
-0- PANA CU/MA 15Dec2013

15 december 2013 11:05:47

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