The 94,000-capacity FNB stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, was two-thirds full on Friday as South Africans and dignitaries gathered to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela. Mandela's Dec. 5 death plunged South Africa into a state of mourning: crowds gathered outside of his Johannesburg home left thousands of flowers, and President Jacob Zuma ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast until the funeral. The national memorial service for South Africa's anti-apartheid leader reportedly drew in more than 91 heads of state, exceeding the near-unprecedented number drawn in by the funeral of Pope John Paul II. What follows is a collection of images of the memorial service for the man who "moved a nation toward justice."
Above, memorial attendees carry a giant portrait of Nelson Mandela as they arrive at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg moments before the memorial service began on Dec. 10.