Mandela funeral coverage starts 3 a.m. Tuesday Chicago time

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WASHINGTON – The national memorial service for South African leader and global icon Nelson Mandela will be televised live by U.S. networks, with coverage starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday Chicago time and running for four hours.

After interfaith prayers and tributes to Mandela from a family friend, family and four grandchildren global figures will speak: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, African Union Commission Chair Nikosazana Zuma, six foreign leaders will speak, with President Barack Obama the first.

Obama will be followed by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, who recently dropped a visit to the U.S. in the wake of NSA spying on Brazil; China Vice President Li Yuanchao, Nambia President Hifikepunya Pohamba, India President Pranab Mukjerjee and Cuba President Raul Castro.

The keynote will be delivered by South African President Jacob Zuma, who announced the death of Mandela last Thursday.

The South African government posted the program book for the service and you can see it HERE.

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