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Hundreds Gather on Boston Common to Form Human Peace Sign

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    Hundreds have gathered at the country's oldest public park to try to set a Guinness world record for the largest human peace symbol.

    (Published Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017)

    Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston Common Saturday afternoon in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human peace sign.

    Children's Services of Roxbury, a non-profit that helps families throughout Massachusetts, organized the event.

    "In this world, it's like everybody is having violence and wanting to hurt each other," said Shakira, a student. "We just need peace for one day."

    The organizers said it wasn't enough for the crowd to just talk about peace.

    "For Boston, it's saying, 'OK we're at peace, we are all together here in this environment,'"

    "So exciting. We're having the whole community come out to form the largest human peace sign," said Sandra McCoom, President and CEO of Children's Services of Roxbury. "I want people to think about what brings them peace of mind."

    In order to set the Guinness World Record for the largest human peace sign, more than 5,000 had to take part, hold the 'sign' for five minutes, and make sure it looks like a peace sign.

    Aerial footage of the sign was taken from a bucket truck to capture the moment.

    Unfortunately, the record was not set, with only 1,682 assembling in the circular formation.

    Many attendees were happy to have participated regardless of not having enough people to set a record.

    "I couldn't be prouder," said McCoom. "This was a win for everybody."

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