Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ireland, County Mayo, Castlebar

Oddly, we are right back to Ireland! This time, however, it is to honor four from County Mayo who were lost in Vietnam.

These men, among many others, volunteered to fight along side us in Vietnam. In a later post, I will tell the whole story of the Irish who put their lives on the line for the Vietnamese, but today I will simply share these photos from Mayo.

About an hour or so north of Galway, in the west of Ireland, the Mayo Peace Park Garden of Remembrance sits in an old grave yard along the side of one of the major roads in to the town.

The Peace Park honors the many Irish who have served their country and paid the ultimate price.

Nearby, is a memorial to those who fought in causes along side the U.S. and this is where the four men who died in Vietnam are honored.

These doves, a universal symbol of peace, are prominently displayed on each side of the memorial.

The unknown soldier, now arguably a thing of the past, is remembered here, also.

There are many other memorials here and a walk through the graveyard is amazing. The old Celtic crosses are always beautiful to me and so symbolic of so much of Irish history.

Next time, on the 13th, we will return to Maryland, so, as always, join me there at 9:00am.

To see other memorials, from any state, please click the state name on the left side of this page.

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