In the wake of the Manchester bombing as well as the Westminster, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park terror attacks, thousands of Glastonbury Festival attendees attempted to create the world’s largest human peace sign. Although not confirmed yet, there were an estimated 15,000 participants who gathered as a symbol of strength, unity and love. The original record was set by 5,814 New Yorkers in 2009 to promote world peace.
Holding up a sign with four hearts for each location of the attacks with the words “Love Will Win, Terror Will Lose,” one participant explained, “For me personally, there have been some awful things that have happened in the last couple of months that have probably touched everybody. So I think it’s really important for us to stand together.” Another woman also expressed the necessity for unity explaining, “No matter what people do everyone is going to stand together and fight back.”
A group of participants that had attended the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena — where the suicide bombing that killed 22 happened on May 22 — stressed that it is important for people to feel comfortable gathering in large crowds and attending events such as this one again.
The positive, peaceful energy surged through the crowd who were dressed in eclectic outfits, holding colorful signs and even doing the wave. There were tributes made to the all victims of the recent tragedies. William Hawk from the Standing Rock Reservation spoke to the crowd saying, “We don’t need this in our world. Peace and love simply comes about by giving peace and love.”
Watch a video from the event bellow: