Tuesday, September 16, 2014

For Peace

I previously showed you the Peacekeeper's Monument called Reconciliation here. One of the walls is etched with the names of UN peacekeeping operations that Canada has taken part in, both ongoing and in the past. Here are two more examples.

Glynis Smy, a British writer I follow, now lives back in the UK, but for a number of years lived on Cyprus. She didn't go too much in her blog into the political situation on the island, as I recall. If the UN mission here ever ends, the year will have to be added on.

The monument is in the heart of the city, and yet has a quiet feel to it as you stroll through.


  1. worthy of comemoration!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  2. You've caught the feeling very well.

  3. we really need some Peace, not a nice moment !

  4. Sadly most times peace doesn't happen by itself and must be somewhat enforced...

  5. Always move me these monuments, 1964 Cyprus - I never knew.

  6. The story should always write it on the wall if no ...


  7. a wonderful monument...something we need more of in the world...

  8. Been to Cyprus, it is a nice place though the British Army presence in quite obvious there. Never did to to the other side though

  9. @Cloudia: it is a very different kind of monument, which is one of the reasons I like it.

    @Halcyon: it's quite somber, but powerful.

    @Massimo: peace can be ever elusive.

    @VP: that's quite true.

    @Peter: that was first something I came across while reading history, and sure enough, it seems to be a mission that'll never end.

    @Tomas: of course, you'd need a much larger wall for that. There have been many missions that have seen Canadian involvement. Not so much these days, since the PM despises the idea of peacekeepers.

    @Revrunner: I quite agree.

    @Tanya: we certainly do.

    @Bill: I'd like to visit.

    @Karl: so do I.

  10. Wouldn't it be nice this impressive monument could be finished by a carving a last war and last year in the stones ... I don't think we'll live long enough to see this happen.

  11. I think human beings are incapable of achieving peace.

    The mention of Cyprus makes me think of stories my agent told me about it. Her mother was British, her father Greek--but born on Cyprus. Maria and her siblings were born in Australia. Maria told me when her parents argued, her mother would use the situation between Greece and Cyprus against him saying, "You're not Greek--you're a Turk!"

    Which, of course, infuriated him.

  12. A monument to peace is a nice thing.

  13. Both my uncle and my cousin were there with the British Army...twenty years apart...it's never ending.
    Jane x

  14. @Jan: we won't.

    @Luis: it's a strange contradiction, maintaining peace with soldiers.

    @Norma: that's quite a story!

    @Tex: indeed.

    @Judy: it is.

    @Jane and Chris: I wonder if there'll ever not be a UN presence there. I would still like to visit the island.

    @Linda: that seems quite a profound comment, too.

  15. It does indeed look like a monument made for peaceful reflection William, good to see some more details here.

  16. Nice to view this. Thanks for posting, William.

  17. Peace, what a wonderful word. A very nice memorial William.

  18. It looks like a nice moment of quiet in the storm. I wish peace weren't so unnatural that we had to build monuments to it.

  19. we all need more peace in our lives. i hope it will continue. ( :

  20. @Grace: I should photograph it on a sunny day.

    @Marleen: you're welcome.

    @RedPat: it certainly does.

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Kay: it would be nice if we could get along.

    @Beth: we really do.

  21. I much prefer a monument to peace than to war.

  22. It is a shame that there are so few monuments to peace.

  23. I agree with Lois that I prefer monuments to peace over those to war.

  24. I wonder if there'll ever be an end to peacekeeping missions. Seems people are always fighting about something or other.