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Iceland "Peace Road" Joins Historic Landmarks

Iceland-2021-08-14-Iceland Peace Road Joins Historic Landmarks

Reykjavik, Iceland—An Icelandic "Peace Road" event started at a volcano and ended at the site of the Reykjavik Summit.

The event on August 14, 2021, had two parts. The first part took place at Fagradalsfjall volcano, about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik. In March 2021 the volcano started emitting lava after centuries of being inactive.

In the second part of the "Peace Road" event, 11 UPF supporters carrying "Peace Road" flags and banners walked from Reykjavik’s Harpa Concert Hall to Höfði, the building where in 1986, the U.S. and Soviet presidents met for a historic summit. This was a distance of about 1.8 kilometers.

UPF founder Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon described Iceland as a mother’s womb. Indeed, the earth broke the shell of ice by the power of volcanoes and laid the foundation for life.

The violent volcanic eruptions in this land of fire and ice remind us of the war and division that characterize human history, culminating in a world divided by communism and democracy that is epitomized by the Korean Peninsula.

Höfdi House is the name of the building where the end of the Cold War began on October 11 and 12, 1986, during the historic meeting of U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

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