nelson mandela. And today his life, his unkonk rabble spirit celebrated around the world. On the shores of india, a tribute. And children in pakistan holding a candle light vigil, joy on the streets... See More
nelson mandela. And today his life, his unkonk rabble spirit celebrated around the world. On the shores of india, a tribute. And children in pakistan holding a candle light vigil, joy on the streets of new york. And in washington, one little boy waving his hand in the shadow of his hero. The preparations for mandela's memorial service are underway in south africa tonight. Abc's alex marquardt is there. Reporter: South africa awoke today to a new life without mandela. Alongside tears, there have been nationwide celebrations, like tonight in soweto township, to honor the spirit of the man who united this country. Outside mandela's house today 18 year olds shovan and temelo told us they came to say thank you. If it wasn't for mandela we wouldn't be friends. Really? You feel like he brought you together? He brought the whole country together. Reporter: In soweto we met 92-year-old kate modikwane who met mandela in 1949 and hosted him for dinners right here at this table. He used to come here and sit with us. I don't think there is anyone else in the whole world, who would be like madiba. Reporter: Overnight, mandela's flag draped coffin left his house, today plans were announced for a week of national mourning before burial in his ancestral home. Archbishop desmond tutu called on south africans to make a united living memorial to his legacy. The sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day, and the next. It may not appear as bright as yesterday, but love will carry on. Reporter: The emotion in soweto is electric. South africans are expected to turn out in full force at next week's memorial event which will be attended by president barack obama and the first lady. So many are expected to turn out, it's believed it will rival the funeral services for pope john paul ii when millions attended.
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