Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas

It’s just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight. The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted much of his life and ministry to seeking an end to the long standoff that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years.

Men hang out in their makeshift dormitory, where they are sleeping on the floor in one of the rooms of the seminary at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, Korea on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Thousands of mourners who have come to pay tribute to the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, are sleeping on the floors in various buildings around the complex. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Men hang out in their makeshift dormitory, where they are sleeping on the floor in one of the rooms of the seminary at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, Korea on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Thousands of mourners who have come to pay tribute to the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, are sleeping on the floors in various buildings around the complex. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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