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South Africa's final farewell to Nelson Mandela

People cheer and sing moments after the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela was buried at his State funeral December 15, 2013 in Qunu, South Africa. Mandela, an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, died on December, 5, at age 92 after complications from a recurring lung infection. (Photo by Charlie Shoemaker/Getty Images for Yahoo News)

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Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in the African ground he loved after a funeral ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and fly-overs by military aircraft as well as a eulogy by a traditional leader wearing an animal skin.

Mandela's casket was lowered into the earth after military pallbearers carried it to the family gravesite in the rolling hills of Qunu, the rural village in eastern South Africa which was the childhood home of the anti-apartheid leader who became the country's first democratically-elected president.

Banyanda Nyengule, head of the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha and Qunu, was one of the eyewitnesses to the private burial and said it hit him hard. (AP)

Photographs by Charlie Shoemaker/Gettty Images for Yahoo News

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