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A 9-metre bronze statue of Nelson Mandela is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

A 9-metre (30-feet) bronze statue of the late former South African President Nelson Mandela is unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria December 16, 2013. The day also marks the commemoration of the centenary of the Union Buildings, one of the most iconic structures in South Africa. The unveiling of the statue on 16 December 2013 is intended as acknowledgement of the contribution of the first President of a democratic South Africa, a symbol of national reconciliation and unity. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: OBITUARY TRAVEL POLITICS ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Statue of Mandela unveiled as part of the Day of Reconciliation Celebrations

Yahoo NewsDecember 16, 2013

South Africa has unveiled a gigantic statue of anti-apartheid fighter Nelson Mandela to cheers and singing at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre in its capital.

The mood was joyous Monday in its Pretoria as a military band played and fighter jets flew overhead to honor Mandela after 10 days of mourning over his death ended Sunday with his burial. (AP)

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