“A Light of Peace” Shines in Carson City with Observance of Memorial Day
This Memorial Day unity across cultures and religions for peace became a reality as the “Memorial Peace Day” was hosted by Heavenly Culture World Peace and Restoration of Light (HWPL) at the Veterans Park in Carson, Calif.
Prayers and performances were presented by representatives of major religions of America. They also demonstrated America’s rich melting pot culture of diversity. One of the performances was led by Pakistani Anees Rehman from the organization ‘Young Muslims’. He recited verses from the Holy Qur’an and explained their meaning. He said, “God talks about Jannah (heaven) and He says if you give peace in this life, then in the next life you will get peace and that’s the goal we are trying to achieve.” Later on, he congratulated Chairman Lee and HWPL on their efforts to promote peace.
The highlight of the event was the signing of a 16-foot-tall peace agreement by national and local leaders.
At the finale, the HWPL regional director read a letter that Chairman Lee addressed to the event’s attendees, saying, “Today, we commemorate the Second Annual Declaration of World Peace which HWPL declared on May 25. Together, people around the world are shouting for peace. This is the result of the diligent efforts made by the family of peace— by all of you.”
Among the keynote speakers and special guests were Senator Isadore Hall, Mayor of Carson Albert Robles, and Mayor Pro Tempore of Carson Elito M. Santarina. Religious leaders representing Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism, Catholic, Christianity, and Buddhism, as well as the Carson High School JROTC were also in attendance.
HWPL is a non-governmental, non-profit organization registered under the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs that transcends culture, belief and religion to engage leaders and youth in sustainable and comprehensive solutions for peace. HWPL's volunteers are stationed in 73 branches worldwide.