Despite Falling Short, Boston Peace Sign Record Group ‘Still Sent A Message’

BOSTON (CBS) — Hundreds of people went to the Boston Common Saturday to try to set the new world record for the world’s largest human peace sign.

People came from around Massachusetts and the crowd sang “Sweet Caroline” as they gathered to form the symbol.

Ten-year old Jaedyn Phillips has a special reason for being a part of the event.

“I see bombs and shootings going on. People are different out there, but I can’t do anything but show peace,” Phillips said.

The gathering on the Charles Street side of the Common was sponsored by Roxbury Child Services, an organization the provides foster, healthcare, early education and behavioral health services across the state.

The world’s record is 5,000 people. A Guinness Book of World Records official said the Saturday Boston turnout was only 1,682 people. That’s about 3,300 people short.

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World’s Largest Human Peace Sign group on the Common. (WBZ-TV)

Organizer Sandra McCroom of Roxbury Child Services wasn’t disappointed because the group still sent a message.

“It was all worth it. It was worth it to stop and really think about what’s in your core. How do find peace of mind? How do you feel good about what you do when things just seem wrong?” McCroom said.

peace sign group Despite Falling Short, Boston Peace Sign Record Group Still Sent A Message

People at the Human Peace Sign effort. (WBZ-TV)

Fifteen year old D’ara Campbell was there because she likes the idea of bringing people together.

“It breaks my heart at times seeing the different races are treated or people are treated. We are all part of the human race and we should love one another,” Campbell said.

McCroom says she’s not disappointed by the day’s events.

“We’re winners no matter what because we had an enormous turnout and the crowd. And I couldn’t be prouder of my staff. We had a great day,” McCroom said.

boston peace sign Despite Falling Short, Boston Peace Sign Record Group Still Sent A Message

Group on the Common going for largest human peace sign record. (Photo credit: Doug Cope/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

McCroom said they hope to try it again next year.

“We’ll be back,” McCroom said.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

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