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Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service (Watch Live)

Nelson Mandela’s memorial service is scheduled for 4am ET this morning, people are already queuing up to get into the stadium. The South African Broadcasting Corporation has continuing coverage (thanks Mediaite) so you early birds can watch live from Johannesburg. The funeral itself will be Sunday in the village of Qunu, his childhood home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WBoWoRZ20w

Here are links to a wealth of information on Mandela’s life, his death, and his legacy that BrandonJ amassed for us over the past few days:
December 9, 2013
December 7-8, 2013
December 6, 2013
December 5, 2013

The South African government released the official program for the service (Nelson Mandela was a Methodist):

Mr Cyril Ramaphosa and Ms Baleka Mbete [MC’s]

11:00 – 15:00

1.  National Anthem by Mass Choir

2.  Welcome and Opening Remarks by Program Directors

3.  Interfaith Prayers

4.  Tribute by Family Friend Andrew Mlangeni

5.  Tribute by Family: General Thanduxolo Mandela

6.  Tribute by the Grandchildren: Mbuso Mandela, Andile Mandela, Zozuko Dlamini, and Phumla Mandela.

7.  Tribute by UN Representative: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

8.  Tribute by AU Commission Chair: Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

9.  Tribute by Foreign Dignitaries: U.S. President Barack Obama, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, Namibian President Hifikepunye Phamba, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Cuban President Raul Castro Ruz

10.  Keynote Address by the President of South Africa: Jacob Zuma

11.  Sermon by Bishop Ivan Abrahams

12.  Vote of Thanks by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane

Click through to see the expected attendees.

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