May 25th, 2014
United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Korea
The First Annual Commemorative Speech for the Declaration of World Peace
Man Hee Lee Chairman of HWPL(Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light)
Mr. Man Hee Lee Quotes
from his Speech Commemorative speech of the first annual ceremony of Declaration of World Peace
Commemorative speech of the first annual ceremony of Declaration of World Peace is being broadcasted live to the 235 branches around the world
A part of greeting and introduction of Man Hee Lee’s ‘Commemorative speech of the 1st annual ceremony of Declaration of World Peace’ Speech^.^*)
Good day, ladies and gentlemen.
My name is Man Hee Lee
I’m a peace advocate, and the chairman of Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light.
It has been one year since we first made the Declaration of the World Peace on May 25, 2013 in front of the peace Gate in Seoul.
This was the first time in the history of our world that we have ever seen anything like that.
At that time, about 30,000 young adults from different countries gathered there, in front of the Peace Gate, where they held a Walk of World Peace and Restoration.
I would like to take a moment to share with you some fo what we have been doing with regards to the work of peace over the past year.
But before I do that, however, I need to tell you that I am a descendant of the last royal family in Korea.
I also fought on the front-lines of the Korean War.
This place is a memorial to all those young lives that were lost in that war.
You can see this memorial tower over here.
Did you fight in that war?
I was a young man, then – just as I was during the second World War.
I have lived through twelve presidential administrations.
Having lived through these things; having seen and heard these events as they happened before my eyes, do you not think that I might know as they happened before my eyes, do you not think that I might know what I am talking about?
Korea was also a very poor country at that time.
Do you think it was only one generation that suffered the pain of that poverty?
Finally, after such a long time of living in poverty, our nation has begun to be able to share the true wealth of its culture with the world.
This is the story of our nation.
everybody, as you heard from the Declaration of World Peace, why in our day and age, should the youth have to die[in wars] like that?
Is it not the height of injustice?
We live by the laws and policies made by politicians, do we not?
And yet, when war breaks out, it is the youth and young adults who are sent out to the front-lines, and then, when a country is short of soldiers, who are sent out to the front-lines, and then, when a country is short of soldiers, the students are armed and sent out to war, too!
We are all born into the same world, but the young people[who lie buried here and who die in wars like this] did not even have a chance to enjoy the beauty of life.
They sacrificed their lives and received no compensation for their actions.
Please think about this – is it not a tragedy?
Those who bring children into the world must protect their children.
Youth and young adults must protect themselves [from this sort of thing], [They must protect themselves, because] there are no laws or policies in place yet that will protect them from this.
When I was on those front-lines, I witnessed the deaths of so many people.
Go ask the spirits who lie buried here; ask them what kind of war it was they fought.
Ask them how they died.
A few million people died in the Korean War.
And that is just in the Korean War.
This kind of thing is happening all over the world.
With this in mind, I would like to share briefly about what has been accomplished since the Declaration of World Peace was made last year.
To be continued “Man Hee Lee Quotes from Speech 2”