Few days ago, I read an article about the Declaration of Unification on a blog.
It was proclaimed in a huge scaled event took place at the Peace Gate of the Seoul Olympic Park for the 65th anniversary of the Korean Liberation Day by Man hee Lee the honorary chairman of MANNAM Volunteer Association and thirty-three representatives of the Republic of Korea on August 15th, 2010. The representatives of various social backgrounds announced the declaration in front of thousands of people in hope for the unification of the nation.
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Declaration of Unification is carved on a monument to wish for unification of Korea.
This nation must be unified as it was before as an independent nation. Our forefathers who died for this country, and the Korean citizens of today never wished for this nation to be divided. Who divided our nation and established the 38th parallel?
When the Japanese emperor surrendered after WWII, our country became independent, but the U.S. entered the South, the Russians entered the North and Korea was basically ruled by the military. Korean citizens were still able to cross back and forth from North to South. Later, the government of the Republic of Korea was established in the South and a communist government was established in the North, and the route was blocked according to the 38th parallel. People were no longer allowed to travel back and forth between the two.
Is this what those who died for this country and declared independence in the March 1st(1919) movement wanted?
Is this what we, the citizens commemorating Liberation Day today, want?
Tragic conflict between one nation occurred because of the North’s barbaric invasion of the South, and the truth is that even today, we are still pointing guns at people of our own race. How can this be the will of our forefathers, patriots and the Korean people today?
Thirty-three people, who represent the citizens of the Republic of Korea, love the Korean Peninsula, and pray for its peace and unification, declare the following:
First, just like East and West Germany, the leaders of South and North Korea must gather to discuss unification for the sake of this country and its citizens. This is not only the with of the nation and its people.
Second, if our leaders truly love this nation and its citizens, they will work to establish a unified nation the citizens wish for and a country where people live happily in abundance. how can a nation which is divided stand with confidence in this world? The leaders of South and North Korea must ensure that the Korean Peninsula will not be shamed.
Third, we must all lay down our weapons and allow our citizens to travel freely throughout the Korean Peninsula.
Fourth, there must be religious freedom because religion is faith regarding the spiritual world. Religion is a spiritual pursuit, and as such, knows no national boundaries. People of religion must unite through the Scriptures for a religious unification and by restoring the heaven on earth and spreading the light of the heavenly culture, there will be a new world.
By putting these suggestions into action, we can truly achieve a peaceful unification of Korea, a religious unification and world peace.
Lee Manhee, Kim Namhee, Joo Jeongseok, Kim Yongtae, Park Sangwon, Kim Gideok, Kwak Jeongseob, Song Hyemin, Kwon Hyeonyeong, Lee Sangmong, Kim Gangjoo, Kwon Jeongdae, Lee Hyeonbong, Yang Samin, Park Nochang, Yang Hyungjoo, Park Chandong, Baek Hyeonsik, Cho Yongsoo, Kwon Boram, Song Jongdae, Lim Wonjoong, Kim Seongho, Kim Gyeonghee, Lee Sookwon, Kim Jeongdong, Lee Soomin, Kim Gisoo, Cha Hyesook, Choi Yeonggil, Monk Jinheung, Monk Hwajeong, Monk Yeongongseongo
The main representative of thirty-three representative of the citizens, Lee Man Hee.
In commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Korean Liberation Day, 15 August,2010
I, as a person who wants the unification of Korea consider this Declaration of Unification is very meaningful. I heard several stories of the families who were separated since the Korean War broke out. It is tragic indeed. I can not imagine how desperate it is when I am not able to meet my family for over 60 years. The more miserable thing is great numbers of the separated families have passed away since the war. To end this sad history, I wish the unification should soon come true.