12/10/2013 12:52 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST

Nelson Mandela Tribute: Alison Redford Says Memories Of Her Time With Leader Come Flooding Back


JOHANNEBURG, South Africa - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says memories came flooding back to her when she walked into the stadium in South Africa to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

Redford says the stadium was where Mandela often held rallies and gave speeches as he took the nation out of its apartheid years.

She says it is sad to know he will never take that stage again.

Redford worked with Mandela in the early 1990s as he developed a new political system for South Africa.

The premier says the service was sadness mixed with joy.

She says the crowd was particularly excited to hear U.S. President Barack Obama call Mandela one of the leaders that put him on the path to politics and eventually to the White House.

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