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Posted: Dec 15, 2013 4:07 AM

Updated: Dec 15, 2013 4:07 AM

QUNU, South Africa (AP) A portrait of Nelson Mandela hung in a white marquee behind a bank of 95 candles representing each year of his remarkable life.

His casket rested below a lectern where speakers delivered eulogies as thousands of people in attendance bid a final farewell to the anti-apartheid leader, Nobel Prize winner and former president of South Africa. The funeral was held today at the family estate.

A tribal chief draped in animal skin declared: "A great tree has fallen." His was among the speeches, songs and the boom of artillery in Mandela's home village in eastern South Africa in honor of the man who reconciled the country following the end of apartheid.

Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of the ruling African National Congress called Mandela "South Africa's greatest son." A Mandela family representative acknowledged the medical experts who cared for the anti-apartheid hero in his final months.

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