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7월 5일 룩셈부르크에서 “하나된 유럽”이라는 주제 아래 피스로드 행사가 진행되었다. 39°C에 육박하는 더운 날씨였지만 13명의 참가자들이 피스로드 행사에 동참했다. 룩셈부르크의 피스로드는 자동차로 뜻 깊은 장소를 찾아가는 방식으로 진행되었다. 출발식은 룩셈부르크 태생의 프랑스 정치가이자 유럽연합의 창시자중 한사람인 로베르 쉬망(Robert Schuman)의 생가에서 이루어 졌으며 로베르쉬망 생가를 출발하여 제2차 당시 독일군과 싸우다 전사한 미군 5천 5백명이 묻힌 미군 묘지로 이동했다. 이어 유럽연합 회원국들간의 국경개방조약인 솅겐조약이 체결된 룩셈부르크의 작은 마을 솅겐(Schengen)으로 이동하였다. 다음으로는 7세기에 성인 빌리브로르도(Saint Willibrord)가 세운 에티터나흐 수도원(Abby of Echternach)을 방문하였다.

참석자들은 마지막으로 1965년 8월 9일 문총재님이 방문하여 정한 성지를 찾아 기념사진을 촬영하며 120km에 걸친 룩셈부르크 피스로드 자동차 종주의 승리를 축하했다.

 

On July 5, Luxembourg held a Peace Road event under the theme, European Unity. Thirteen people took part in the tour though temperatures reached 39°C. For their Peace Road in Luxembourg they visited a number of meaningful places by car. The launch was held at the birthplace of Robert Schuman, an architect of European integration. Schuman (1886–1963) was a French politician who is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of the European Union. Another of the meaningful places they visited during our Peace Road tour was the American cemetery, where 5,500 soldiers that died in World War II are interred, as well as Schengen, a small village in Luxembourg, where the Schengen Agreement was signed, which led to the creation of Europe’s borderless Schengen Area. Near the end, they moved on the Abbey of Echternach, founded by Saint Willibrord in the 7th century.

To conclude the 120 km tour and for victory celebration, they visited the Holy Ground established in Luxembourg by Reverend Moon on 9 August 1965.

 

*More information and video links for the places they visited.

  1. Robert Schuman, born in Clausen, Luxembourg, was a French politician who is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of the European Union. Just as Reverend Moon forgave his enemies, although Schuman lived through the terrible Nazi atrocities of WWII, as French Foreign Minister he had the spiritual force as a Christian to pursue a path of pardon and reconciliation and put an end to the vicious cycle of war and resentment which had continued in Europe for thousands of years. He was supported in this pioneering venture by the French President De Gaulle, the German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and the Italian Prime Minister, Alcide De Gasperi. (See com/132733334)
  2. General George S. Patton Jr commanded the United States Seventh Army until 1944, when he was given command of the Third Army in France. Patton and his troops dashed across Europe after the battle of Normandy and exploited German weaknesses with great success, covering the 600 miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. By the time WWII was over, the Third Army had liberated or conquered 81,522 square miles of territory. He is buried among the more than 5,000 soldiers at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg. (See com/132734155)
  3. Schengen – It was here that the Schengen Agreement was signed, which led to the creation of Europe’s borderless Schengen Area. Schengen is a village situated near the tripoint where the borders of Germany, France, and Luxembourg meet. It is true that this agreement was misused to prevent Reverend Moon from entering Europe for many years. Nevertheless, after years of efforts led by then European continental director, Dr. Yeon Cheon Song, we most of all remember our victory in this case in which Luxembourg’s UPF secretary general, Dr Paul Frank, a retired judge, also played a key role. (See com/132733336)
  4. Saint Willibrord is perhaps a less well known personage; however he was born in Northumbria, a region straddling England and Scotland, and came to Echternach in eastern Luxembourg in the late 7th century to Christianize the pagan North Germanic tribes of Frisia (today mostly a large part of the Netherlands and smaller parts of Germany and Denmark). He founded the Abbey of Echternach and is buried here. In contrast to his predecessors, he organised his missionary work with clever pragmatism, which is perhaps why he could achieve what no-one else could, as previous attempts to Christianize this region had failed. He is a good example for us today. (See com/132740616)
  5. Holy Ground (See vimeo.com/132736832)

 

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