"Thank (former) President Bush for attending the official ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun. I believe your attendance to commemorate Roh, who was a partner in the Korea-US alliance, is symbolic of the strong alliance," South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday said.
Roh and Bush were counterparts from 2003-2008. Bush, who has begun a new life as a painter after retirement, brought a portrait of late Roh as a gift for Roh’s family, saying he painted a man who sacrificed for human rights and was not afraid of voicing his opinions.
Main opposition Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hwang Kyo-ahn and floor leader Na Kyung-won were not present, but a delegation led by Rep. Cho Kyung-tae paid their respects. The liberal ex-president who remains a liberal icon － took his life in 2009.
laud：動詞，讚美（揚、頌）、稱讚。例句：They sang hymns lauding God.（他們唱聖歌讚頌上帝。）
commemorate：動詞，紀念、緬懷、慶祝。例句：We commemorate those who lost their lives in the war.（我們緬懷那些在戰爭中喪生的人們。）
icon：名詞，偶像、崇拜的對象、電腦圖示。例句：She is one of the country’s most popular sporting icons.（她是這個國家最受歡迎的運動偶像之一。）