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Primary Children at the Mandela Celebration

Primary Children at the Mandela Celebration

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — 

Pretoria Stake Primary children, dressed in white, led a 10,000 person march on Saturday 13 December in Pretoria South Africa to commemorate the first anniversary of the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.  The world’s media looked on as children aptly and enthusiastically marched up to his giant statue in front of the Union Buildings in the nation’s capital. It was as if he was welcoming them to this historic site, and this even more historic event. 

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.  But I have discovered the secret after climbing a great hill; one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.  I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my walk is not yet ended.”  Nelson Mandela

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way.  But I have discovered the secret after climbing a great hill; one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.  I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my walk is not yet ended.”