The Little Angels also are marking their 50th anniversary as goodwill ambassadors. Although the faces of the children have changed over the years, Pak, himself a Korean War vet, has overseen the Little Angels since their beginning.
The troupe was founded in 1962 by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who also founded the Unification Church, the worldwide sect likened by some to be a cult. Moon, 92, also founded the Universal Peace Federation, a group promoting world peace that also helped organize the event.
The Korean Cultural Foundation sponsored the event. Pak also is a prominent figure in the Unification Church movement.
Over the decades, Little Angels troupes have performed in front of American presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, and European royalty.