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The huge crowd is pictured at Nelson Mandela's public memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The huge crowd is pictured at Nelson Mandela's public memorial in Johannesburg, South Africa on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

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Obama, world leaders praise 'giant of history' at Mandela memorial

They gathered in the tens of thousands -- presidents, prime ministers, royals, celebrities and ordinary South Africans -- all united to say farewell to a man hailed as a global symbol of reconciliation.