Attendants on May 23 pay a silent tribute at the memorial service for the tenth death anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun in Bongha Village of Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do Province. From left are the late president's son Roh Geon-ho, Roh’s widow Kwon Yang-sook, first lady Kim Jung-sook and former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Attendants on May 23 pay a silent tribute at the memorial service for the tenth death anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun in Bongha Village of Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do Province. From left are the late president’s son Roh Geon-ho, Roh’s widow Kwon Yang-sook, first lady Kim Jung-sook and former U.S. President George W. Bush.

By Kim Hwaya
Photos = Cheong Wa Dae

A memorial service for the tenth death anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun was held on May 23 in Bongha Village, Roh’s hometown and burial site located in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do Province.

Among the some 12,000 in attendance included Roh’s widow Kwon Yang-sook, first lady Kim Jung-sook and former U.S. President George W. Bush. Other high-profile government officials also came out such as National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon.

The service began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a speech from Roh’s family and a memorial video. Eulogies were given by Bush, Moon and Lee.

Bush presented a portrait of Roh he painted to the late president’s widow before starting the service. He mentioned the painting in his eulogy, saying, “I painted a kind and sympathetic man. I painted a man who respected the fundamental rights of all citizens.”

Calling Roh “a strong leader who was not afraid to speak his mind,” Bush, who served as chief executive from 2001-09, held several summits with Roh, whose term was from 2003-08.

Parliamentary speaker Moon was the next to speak, saying, “To commemorate you (Roh), each one of us will continue on like a river and make the world a better place.”

Prime Minister Lee said, “The life of former President Roh Moo-hyun was marked by continuous challenges,” adding, “We have a long way to go to make the type of world he dreamed of, but we won’t stop or revert and continue to remain awake.”

The Roh Moo-hyun Foundation also announced that approximately 21,000 people visited Bongha Village on May 23 to mark the occasion.

Approximately 21,000 people on May 23 visited Bongha Village in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to mark the tenth death anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun.

Approximately 21,000 people on May 23 visited Bongha Village in Gimhae, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, to mark the tenth death anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun.

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