For millions of people, today is a day of mourning and celebration as they remember Nelson Mandela.
People around the world have been watching memorial services in Johannesburg, including one Central Texas family, who moved here from South Africa.
John and Esme Els moved to the United States just after their son's first birthday. They both grew up during a time of transition for the country. They witnessed Mandela's 27-year imprisonment, followed by his election to president in 1994.
John Els says Mandela's legacy is two-fold.
"He had the ability to set aside whatever feelings he may have had for being jailed for sabotage, which in his eyes would have been justifiable, but no in everybody else's eyes,” he said. “Still, he was able to set that aside and focus on the job at hand, which was to try to reconcile the people."
President Obama attended Mandela’s public service Tuesday.