In February 1965, Rev. Sun Myung Moon came to America for the first time. Having been freed from certain death in a North Korean gulag by U.S. armed forces, he wanted to see the land of his liberators for himself. What he saw—a nation in dire need of reawakening to its God-given purpose—launched a 40-year ministry in America. Rev. Moon and his wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, dedicated themselves to empowering American families to build strong communities and a nation that could lead the world back to God.
In Rev. Moon’s groundbreaking speeches, “America is God’s Hope” and “America and God’s Will,” delivered at the Yankee Stadium Rally (June 1, 1976) and the Washington Monument Rally (September 18, 1976), respectively, he declared this warning and hope America: America needs God at its center, and Blessed Marriages and Families are the way we bring God back.
America and God’s Will Rally
Forty years ago, Rev. Moon stood at the foot of the Washington Monument and gave a memorable speech entitled “America and God’s Will,” in celebration of America’s bicentennial. He declared in front of 300,000 people, “I respect and truly love America as a great nation, the central nation in God’s Providence.” He said, “At this crossroads of human history, we must listen to the calling of God. God prepared America for 200 years. This is the time for awakening.”
If anything, those words are even more profound and applicable today than they were then. Whether in his calls to America to fulfill its responsibilities, or in basing 40 years of his ministry in America, the faith-based, patriotic motivation was always the same. He believed America had been singularly blessed by God to be a strong and moral country that could be a place where God would be welcomed, and that would lead the world through service, especially in times of great challenge.
The 40th anniversary of the Washington Monument Rally is just around the corner. Come join us on Saturday, September 17 from 2-5pm for an afternoon of inspiration, music and blessings as we seek God’s guidance for our nation, in the patriotic spirit of the Rev. and Mrs. Moon’s 1976 God Bless America Bicentennial Festival. Add your voice as the spirit moves again!
Dan Fefferman, Mike Leone and Perry Cordill were among the many at the Yankee Stadium and Washington Monument Rallies in 1976. Listen to their incredible stories and relive this momentous event through their memories.
God Bless America Family Festivals
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the Yankee Stadium and Washington Monument Rallies. We’re putting on two exciting God Bless America Family Festivals this year to commemorate these landmark events and continue the legacy.
Inspired by Rev. and Mrs. Moon’s vision of an America that is fully invested in leading the world back to God, we are engaged in a concerted effort to share the Marriage Blessing with the entire nation in the years leading up to 2020. Join us on June 5 and September 17 with your family and friends as we gear up for national Blessing Ceremonies, and play a leading role in making Vision 2020 a reality.
Marriage Blessing Ceremonies
Rev. and Mrs. Moon, founders of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, began the tradition of the Marriage Blessing in 1960. The Marriage Blessing is a ceremony in which couples begin or renew their marriage relationship and elevate their commitment to be not only for each other, but to live intentionally for the sake of the world and embody the love of God.
In response to the breakdown of traditional marriage in our world, Marriage Blessing ceremonies are held around the world each year, as thousands of couples stand together and commit to loving their spouse eternally and creating a strong marriage and family centered on God.
The Holy Ground Pilgrimage
Landing in San Francisco just a couple of years ahead of the Summer of Love, Rev. Moon committed himself to tour the entire continental United States in just six short weeks, a road trip of 10,000 miles he would complete in a bright blue ‘65 Plymouth Fury station wagon. Visiting up to six states a day, Rev. Moon’s plan was to plant a “Holy Ground” in every state, a place to meditate and offer prayers for peace.
During the summer of 2014, we took to the road to follow — literally — in Rev. Moon’s first footsteps in America. Along the way we prayed at the Holy Grounds and talked to fellow Americans we met at public parks and city halls, asking them questions like, “What do you think is God’s Hope for America? How are you God’s Hope?” The Holy Ground Tour is a timeless venture and a great way to start a nationwide conversation about God’s Hope for America. Click on the link below to read the blog detailing our journey and find your local Holy Ground.