The releasing of doves was done first at the 1896 Olympics held in Athens, Greece.
1996 Olympics… 22 in. x 34 in. Allposters.com
It was only fitting that the 100th Anniversary of this tradition be highlighted at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, USA. Atlanta, as most students of American history know, was the Confederate Center in Georgia where several engagements of the Civil War were fought. But that was the 60s (1861-65).
One decade, we’re fighting like cats and dogs with each other, hooping and hollering about secession; and just 30 years later we are off to Greece, and the United States, emphasis on the word “united” was representing!
Because, in the end, all that we all really do want is … world peace.
- Read more: Modern Olympic Symbols and Traditions — Infoplease.com (http://www.infoplease.com/spot/olympicsceremonies.html#ixzz22s1Dtspc)
World Peace… Patricia Cajiga 22 in. x 34 in. Allposters.com
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