- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

Religious clergy and peace activists spent their summer in a bus crossing the nation as part of a prayer pilgrimage that retraced the steps of an historic tour a half century ago led by the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

The 43-day, 48-state excursion, called “God’s Hope for America Tour,” was led by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and visited the same 55 American holy sites that were consecrated in 1965 by Rev. Moon, the founder of the Unification Church.

The tour, which involved prayer teams comprised of everyone from grade school students to grandparents, ended last Sunday in Eugene, Ore., the same city where the first Unification Church missionary landed 55 years ago.

About 20,000 people participated over the month and a half tour, which reached such historic sites as Gettysburg, Pa., Independence Hall, Valley Forge and Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, where the first pilgrims arrived in America.

The tour was inspired by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, the worldwide spiritual leader of the Unification Movement and the wife of the late Rev. Moon.

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