Olympic Truce Logo

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The Olympic Truce was the result of a United Nations Resolution – signed by 184 nations – calling for a truce in all wars during a period of seven days before the opening and seven days after the closing of the Games. The Truce is a revival of the traditional moratorium on armed conflict observed during the ancient Games. For the first time in modern Olympic history, flags with this Olympic Truce symbol were flown during the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Games, and the warring factions in Sarajevo paused to observe the Truce.

Created by Canadian graphic designer Wei Yew, the Olympic Truce is symbolized by a dove of peace against the traditional Olympic flame. The festive “effervescent” confetti making up the flame suggest celebration of the human spirit of all races.

-Greg Durrell

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