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With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.
Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu.
Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling green hills.
As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its echoes ringing over the quiet village.
Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings.
"Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," an officiator at the grave site said.
Military pallbearers gently removed the South African flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela's family.
At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket was closed to the media.
We take a look at Qunu, the place Mandela was buried and which was so important to him.
The rich, the powerful. The famous and the family. All of them bidding goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela on Wednesday, the first of three days his body will lie in state at the seat of South Africa's government.
First was South African President Jacob Zuma, then came Mandela's widow Graça Machel and former wife Winnie Mandela, both wearing black turbans.
In near silence, dozens of family members passed by as military honor guards dressed in white flanked the coffin on each end.
There were others too. Former South African leaders Thabo Mbeki and F.W. de Klerk, the country's last apartheid-era president and Nobel Peace Prize winner. U2's Bono also paused for a moment before moving on.
But what did Mandela's memorial day mean for everyday citizens of South Africa?
Becky looks at how South Africans came together to celebrate the life of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela with footage taken by CNN iReporters in the country.