George W. Bush Attends Late President Roh Moo-hyun’s Memorial Service in Gimhae

 

A memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of former President Roh Moo-hyun was held at Bongha Village in Gimhae city in South Gyeongsang province at 2 p.m. yesterday.

At the service were the family of the late president Roh and current First Lady Kim Jeong-sook.

There were also more than 17,000 people, including former U.S. President George W. Bush, National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, and other high ranking political leaders and civilians.

In particular, Bush, who arrived in Seoul yesterday, delivered a five-minute eulogy and presented to former first lady Kwon Yang-sook a portrait of Roh that Bush painted himself.

Roh served as president from 2003 to 2008. He is regarded as an icon of South Korea’s contemporary liberalism.

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