SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee Inauguration Ceremony - Congratulatory Address
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In this posting, we'd like to share with you the second congratulational address given by Dr. Cheol-Seung Lee Chairman of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, during the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee inauguration ceremony, held at the Korea Press Center on Aug. 11th, 2014.
Dr. Cheol-Seung Lee was very active as a student activist, politician, and civil society spectacle organizer, and had a deep impact in Korea's social welfare.
Dr. Cheol Seung Lee - Chairman of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation
Distinguished guests from around the world, ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to see you today. Today on the 2nd anniversary of the ascension of Rev. Sun Myung Moon I would like to offer my congratulations on the inauguration ceremony of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee. It gives me great pleasure to be able to offer the congratulatory address on this very meaningful occasion.
As a person who has led the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation for many years, this inauguration ceremony of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee deeply moves my heart in a new way. As you all know well, it has been two years now since the ascension of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and there are still many people in the world who do not know about his life and values. Even today, there are still people who think of him with religious prejudice and racial stereotypes. They know him to be just the founder of a new religious movement in Korea.
However, despite endless persecution and criticism, Rev. Sun Myung Moon offered his whole life loving humankind with a firm resolution in order to realize world peace, and the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsular. He was born in Korea in 1920 during the time of the Japanese occupation, and even though he was imprisoned on several occasions by the Japanese, the communist North, and even by the American government, he never stopped working for world peace.
In his life, he initiated memorials to celebrate the righteous acts of the patriot, Ahn Joong-Gun, and other patriots of the independence movement, and in 1990 at the height of the Cold War, he met President Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, to encourage him to work for world peace. The next year in 1991, he even went to Pyeong Yang to meet Premier Kim Il-Sung of North Korea, with the message that peace can only be realized with God at the center. I and others alike were moved by his courage. We cannot but bow our heads in respect at the depth of the ideology and thought of Rev. Moon. We were all moved at the courage he showed when without any regard for his own safety, he met the leaders of the enemy camp in order to achieve world peace. Unless he was a true saint and holy man, loving his enemies in this way would be impossible.
My fellow citizens of the world,I am very grateful that even though Rev. Sun Myung Moon has ascended, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, has continued her husband's legacy in working for world peace and established the SUNHAK Peace Prize. I fervently hope that the SUNAHK Peace Prize can be a driving force to enhance and develop the spirit of Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
And I also hope that the warm and noble love of the Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon can be with you, and that you will all take part in this world-wide peace movement. I hope that this meeting here today can be the great starting point for world peace so that when the SUNHAK Peace Prize is awarded for the first time next year in 2015, a festival of peace can take place on the Korean Peninsula.
I believe that the Chairman of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee, Dr. Hong Il-Sik, who is well respected in the scholarly world will add even more prestige to this peace prize. I would like to end my congratulatory address by once again showing my appreciation to Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon who established this peace prize as a legacy commemorating her husband, Rev. Sun Myung Moon's desire for world peace, and also by praying for the continued development of Chairman Hong and all the other members of the SUNHAK Peace Prize Committee.
Thank you very much.