CNN -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will head to South Africa on Monday to attend the national memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
It will be held at a soccer stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The Obamas will be joined by by former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
A total of 70 heads of state and ten former heads of state are expected to honor the the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader.
Nelson died thursday at 95 years old.
He will be laid to rest with a state funeral on December 15 in his hometown village.
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