Over 500 hardy pioneers joined together on a Maundy Thursday evening
for the "We Will Stand" event at the Hotel Captain Cook
in downtown Anchorage.
For Father Moon, this was his third speaking engagement at the
Captain Cook where he had first preached in 1974 and then again
in 1996. It is said "three's a charm" or perfection. That
was indeed true in this case.
Father Moon opened his keynote address with humor and intrigue,
speaking about polar bears, brown bears, and black bears. He related
intimately and directly with his Alaskan audience stating the need
for reconciliation and harmony amongst all people beyond racial
distinctions. He then described candidly the relationship between
man and woman emphasizing the value of the marriage relationship.
His frank approach to the topic of sex was unexpected but audience
members sat enraptured, nodding and responding in
agreement, sometimes shouting out "Amen".
His message provoked much laughter as well as reflection over the
two hour presentation. By the conclusion, tears were also witnessed
flowing freely from the eyes of several within the audience assembled.
Some left in the middle of the presentation when the hotel fire
alarm went off, but most stood firm and waited for the noise to
subside and a false alarm to be confirmed. All the ministers and
VIPs in the front of the audience stayed in a true display of the
spirit of unity. Incredibly, an hour later the fire alarm went off
again for a second time. This time it was quickly stopped, and nobody
Reverend Bernie Flores, Spanish Assembly of God/Pentecostal had
the guts to stand together for the sake of his community. He said
he knew the Holy Spirit was with Father Moon and the crusade. He
testified that he would never waver in his support for such a holy
Over twenty volunteers came to Alaska from out of state. They offered
sacrificially, their passion and determination during the final
two weeks of preparation for the historical event. They reached
out across a broad spectrum of people spanning several religious
and ethnic communites.
As part of the awards presentations, an award was given to a Korean
War Veteran who lost his leg in the Korean War and had participated
in the Hung Nam prison (where Father Moon was held)liberation. Another
minister had also been at Hung Nam. He expressed horror recollecting
his experience of marching through and liberating the concentration
death camp, wondering how anyone could survive such atrocity.
A recent Native Alaskan victim of racial malice ( or hate crime)
in Anchorage was embraced by a white teenager, representing the
perpetrators of the crime, and presented with a special gift. This
ceremony of reconciliation accompanied by a haunting native honor
song created a memorable and sacred scene that was filmed and aired
on the local nightly news.
The program concluded with spirited native drumming and dancing,
moving ministers as well as elderly war veterans to the stage capping
a truly unique Alaskan evening.