SEOUL, South Korea - A stadium that usually holds thousands of soccer fans was filled for a prayer rally this week in South Korea.
The event commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, but was also held to pray about tensions between North and South Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.
Former President George W. Bush attended the event and praised the Korean people for rising from the ruins of war to become the world's 10th largest economy.
He also encouraged them to keep praying for better relations with North Korea and to ask God to bless their country.
"We cannot complain about His timing and His ways, but we do know His promise about justice and peace," Bush said. "Our prayer is 'God speed that day,' and may He always bless the people of Korea and the United States."
Senior church leaders also said one purpose of the prayer gathering was to educate young Koreans about the war and give them a greater appreciation for their freedom.
"Through this prayer gathering, we want to tell the younger generations, 'Do not forget the suffering and the sacrifices of our people during the Korean War,'" Rev. Son in Ung, leader of the Ducksu Christian Church, explained. "We should thank God for how He has blessed our nation through the years. We should continue to preserve the peace that we now enjoy."