(WASHINGTON) -- Politicians, artists, and civil rights leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at the Washington National Cathedral.
Vice President Joe Biden, a lead speaker at the service, said that Mandela was the most impressive person he had ever met in his life. Biden also noted how Mandela's influence went far beyond the borders of South Africa.
"President Mandela taught us that trust is possible. Reconciliation is possible. Justice is possible. Change can come," Biden said.
Civil rights leader and former Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young said the former South African president began the "walk to freedom," but now others need to take up the torch.
"The hungry can't eat hope. They can't drink inspiration. They need clean water, they need food... And I hear Madiba saying, we showed you the way, just keep on marching," Young said.
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