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President Moon kicks off schedule in Hawaii Updated: 2021-09-23 06:30:42 KST


President Moon Jae-in -- now in Hawaii -- has awarded medals to two late independence activists who fought for the country during Japan's colonial rule.
It's the first time such a ceremony has been has been held outside Korea.
Kim No-di and Ahn Jeong-song -- were awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation.
They were part of the immigration generation -- that actively supported Korea's independence movement by raising funds on foreign soil.
Kim's daughter and Ahn's granddaughter received the awards on their behalf.
Earlier in the day, President Moon laid a wreath at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl.
Before wrapping up his trip, he'll attend ceremony for the transfer of South Korean and U.S. troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
He will then depart for Seoul where he's due to arrive on Thursday evening.
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