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Northern Ireland — Belfast Hop-on/Hop-off Views

Great Eastern Bar

We’re on the Hop-on/Hop-off tour for today’s look at Belfast. So, let’s see the sights, beginning with “RISE“, a sculpture in west Belfast:

RISE sculpture

I always get a chill down my spine when I see commemorations of the old Soviet Union, and not in a good way. Here is the Kremlin Bar:

Kremlin Bar on Donegall Street near Union Street

Just days before we arrived in Belfast there had been a devastating fire that gutted the historic Bank Buildings. Here are the still smoldering remains:

Bank Buildings

And here is Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church on Carlisle Circle:

Carlisle Methodist Memorial Church

And just moments away is this stunning spire atop the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Donegall at Carrick Hill:

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, completed in 1877

Between these two churches is the Orange Hall (1899) on Clifton Street:

Orange Hall on Clifton Street

Now for a few more sights from our Hop-on/Hop-off that day:

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Putting “Memorial” into Memorial Day

Normandy American Cemetery, France

I have over the years and during my many travels paid respects to my fellow veterans who have fallen in service to our nation. As such I thought it appropriate today to remind people what the word “Memorial” in “Memorial Day” means by reposting images from past articles.

Gun turret No. 3, U.S.S. Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i
National Cemetery of the Pacific “Punchbowl”, O’ahu, Hawai’i
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i
Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Normandy, France

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Northern Ireland — Belfast Street Art

Political Art

In the photo above you’ll see the Irish Celtic phrase “Céad bliain,” which translates to “100 years.” And below that is “Ní Saoirse go Saoirse na mban”, meaning “There is no freedom until the freedom of women.” As with much of the street art adorning Belfast, this one is political.

Belfast Street Art

But most of the political commentary deals withThe Troubles“, that 30-year rebellion that tore apart Northern Ireland from the late 1960s until 1998. The scars of this conflict remain today, such as the “peace line” wall that separated Republican and Catholic Nationalist neighborhoods within the city.

This next piece of street art commemorates British MP Bobby Sands, who died in prison while on a hunger strike:

Bobby Sands

Another piece of art is dedicated to children who lost their lives during the conflict:

Remembering Those Killed

This last image celebrates the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force. In it you’ll see various rifles ranging from a Kalashnikov, to a .30 M1 Carbine, to what appears to be an AR-style rifle, and even a Thompson M1928 submachine gun:

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