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On the Common, gathering together as a symbol for peace

Children's Service of Roxbury attempted to break the Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest human peace sign on Boston Common. The official count was 1682 people, falling short of the record.
Children’s Service of Roxbury attempted to set a Guinness world record by creating the world’s largest human peace sign on Boston Common. The official count was 1,682 people, too few to qualify for a record. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Hundreds of men, women, and children gathered Saturday on Boston Common to attempt to set a Guinness world record for the largest human peace symbol.

About noon, 1,682 people — by a Guinness representative’s official count — assembled in the circular formation, flashing the “V’’ hand sign for peace and swaying to the familiar strains of “Sweet Caroline.’’

That number was not enough to set a record, but it accomplished the event’s other goal: bringing attention to the work of Children’s Services of Roxbury, a statewide organization that provides early childhood education, housing assistance, behavioral health support, and other social services to children and families in need.

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