I learned this about our beautiful peace symbol today:
“The internationally recognized symbol for peace was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement by Gerald Holtom in 1958.
Holtom, an artist and designer, made it for a march from Trafalgar Square, London to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England, organised by the Direct Action Committee to take place in April and supported by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Eric Austen (1922–1999) adapted Holtom’s designs to ceramic lapel badges.”
That per Wikipedia. It goes on to explain that the shape of the peace symbol has a literal meaning: it is the combination of the semaphore equivalents of “N” and “D” standing for “nuclear disarmament!”
This is so much more awesome than any origin I could have ever imaged for the peace symbol. I love this. When you see people wearing peace symbols or displaying them, from now on, make sure to remind them that the biggest most important step toward peace will be global nuclear disarmament. I love you. :-)