Transcript for Inside the Nelson Mandela Memorial
cultures, including the culture in south africa, it's considered a blessing if it rains on a day like today, a memorial. A lot of rain. So, it did keep the crowd down. Did not have the overflow crowd they expected. Abc's byron pitts is there inside the stadium. And, byron, that did not dampen the spirits of those, the rain there this morning. Reporter: Robin, that's right. If you can believe it, it inspired them. The harder it rained, the harder they cheered. In african culture, there's a belief that if it's raining on the day of a person's funeral, it is a sign from god that person lived a blessed life. To a person, every man, woman and child in this stadium will tell you, that the life was blessed by nelson mandela. At one point, the crowd broke into an american christian song. There were hundreds singing, lord, open the floodgates of heaven, let it rain. Robin, those prayers have been answered over and over again today. They were answered ten-fold. And being up there in the cheap seats, like that. Can you share some of the stories, what people were saying? What they were doing? Being there, it's a moment for so many. Reporter: Robin, we talked to one woman who arrived on site six hours before the program started. She told me she drove with her children 500 miles to be here today, to be a part of this ceremony. She said, nelson mandela didn't just change my life. He changed the life of my family for generations. My parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents were laborers. First were slaves. I am a college-educated woman. My children will be college-educated. They will live their dreams because nelson mandela changed this country. Byron, thank you. I'm sure there's going to be countless stories that families will be shares like that, that were there today. And we're going to bring in abc's alex marquardt right now. He was outside the stadium. And there was concern about security. Alex, you were saying many times you walked in and out, no metal detector? No really shown signs of security? Reporter: That's right, robin. This event is taking place on an unprecedented scale. While the place say they imposed their toughest security rules yet, the security has been lax in and around the stadium. We've been here all morning, going in and out without any sort of security check. No metal detectors, no pat-downs, no checking of our bag. When the president arrived, we were able to waltz in without security check. There's tens of thousands of people who haven't gone through screening. That's not the way the secret service likes to do things. Robin? Thankfully, there have been no incidents, whatsoever. Everybody has been extremely peaceful. We're going to get the rest
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