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NEWS WATCH! RAISE A GLASS AS THE PEACE SIGN TURNS 50

POPULAR WORLD-WIDE SYMBOL FOR NON-VIOLENCE WAS CREATED IN 1958

250px-peace_signsvg.pngBesides your’s truly, also celebrating a landmark birthday this year is the ever-popular peace symbol.

This international icon was designed in the early part of 1958 by WWII conscientious objector, Gerald Holtom, at the time a professional designer and artist residing in Great Britain. It was commissioned by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and intended for use at the groups April 4 march from London’s Trafalgar Square, to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston.

The icon went on to be adopted by counterculture of the time and became the symbol of the 1960s anti-war movement.

According to Wikipedia, the symbol is a combination of the semaphoric signals for the letters “N” and “D,” as in Nuclear Disarmament. In semaphore the letter “N” is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down “V,” and the letter “D” is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. These two signals imposed over each other form the shape of the peace symbol.

Join us not only in wishing this important icon a Happy Birthday, but also inour hope that the day may come, in our life time, when this symbol becomes less important because man has found a way to shed his warrior impulses and live in peace.

-LIB

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