On 27th August, United Peace Federation (UPF) Australia branch conducted a memorial luncheon to honor the late Dr. Sun Myung Moon at Peace Embassy’s Ambassador Hall in Sydney.
Jynene Helland welcomed the Ambassadors and guests and program began with Acknowledgement of Country by Aboriginal elder Pearl Wymarra, the Elder of GundangAboriginal Clan of Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland. Rev Yutaka Yamada, the regional director of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification highlighted the importance of this gathering in his welcome speech. A three-course lunch was served at the tables before other speakers continued with the program.
Dr. Sun Myung Moon popularly known as Father Moon passed away ten years ago. He was the founder of the unification movement and his legacy of ‘One Family under God’ enabled efforts towards advancing of world peace.
John Adameds, the President of Universal Peace Federation Australia attended the 10th anniversary of Father Moon in Korea and represented Australia and Oceania. John addressed the guests and the ambassadors and shared his experience. He also said that Father Moon’s legacy continues through his wife Mother Moon who continues to work tirelessly with the international community.
Other speakers were Hon David Clarke, former MLC NSW, Sophie York, barrister and lecturer of law. Sophie who recently attended an international conference in Cambodia spoke of her experience there. Greg Stone, Secretary General, Oceania Universal Peace Federation also shared his experience of meeting Father Moon many years ago.
A traditional Korean Janggu double drum dance was performed by the Traditional Korean Dance Group. The UPF Youth choir performed ‘Arirong’ and Testify to Love’ songs, ‘A Million Dreams’.