At the Opening Ceremony the whole world saw the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon carrying with pride the Olympic Flag. The Secretary General also run with the torch at the LOCOG torch relay.
For the first time ever in the Olympic Games every national team included a woman, demonstrating the principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and freedom of participation.
Signature walls comprising of a modern design consisting of many see-through walls were located in the Olympic Village. All 204 National Olympic Committees - through their Chef de Missions - signed the Wall.
In a symbolic gesture, all ten Syrian athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games signed the Olympic Truce Wall showing the immense power of sports.
The new video created by the IOTC for the promotion of Olympism and Truce was on display at the IOC corner in the Olympic Village and was distributed to all athletes and officials through the IOC Info Kit.
The London 2012 Organizing Committee ran a very ambitious nationwide Olympic Truce Educational Program titled "Get Set for the Olympic Truce" to educate young people to learn how to use sport and culture to resolve conflict in their schools and communities, to embrace the meaning of Olympic Truce and to use it to be creative and work as a team.
The 'International Inspiration' programme has, according to the LOCO|G, benefited over 12 million young people in 20 countries, and will continue to create sustainable social, economic and sporting legacies throughout the country and abroad.
The H.E. Right Honourable, Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada served as the truce patron for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Signature walls were placed throughout the Olympic Villages. Athletes from all corners of the world, some from conflict zones, publicly pledged their support for Olympic Truce and the spirit of Olympism, committing to a lasting Culture of Peace in the uniquely peaceful and friendly atmosphere of an athletes village at the Olympic Games. A signature, a pledge and a commitment that no athlete can easily forget ...
A colourful ceremony inaugurated the Peace and Friendship Wall in the Olympic Village. Hundreds of world personalities, athletes, officials and visitors used this wall to pledge their support for the Olympic Truce. This wall will be preserved as part of the legacy of the Olympic Games in the proposed Beijing Olympic Museum.
During the opening ceremony, IOC President Jacques Rogge launched a strong appeal for peace, founded in the Olympic Truce, followed by a song dedicated to peace by Yoko Ono and Peter Gabriel. The tradition of the Truce Wall, started in Athens, was continued as athletes pledged their support and dedicated personal messages of peace on walls located in the Olympic Villages.
The participation of Afghanistan and Iraq, two countries bloodied by conflict, demonstrated the unifying, reconstructive power of sport. A video message from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, recognizing the contribution of Olympism and the Olympic Truce, was broadcast ahead of the opening ceremony. World leaders and athletes pledged their support for Olympic Truce on a specially constructed Truce Wall erected in the historic Zappeion building, opposite the stadium built for the 1896 Olympic Games.
South Korea and North Korea paraded into the stadium together during the Opening Ceremony, under a single flag representing the Korean peninsula. This was a powerful symbolic event demonstrating the promise of the ancient tradition of the Olympic Truce.
Conflict exists on every level - regional, international, interpersonal, racial, gender - and perhaps nothing demonstrates the power of sport better than the story of Jesse Owens and Luz Long.
The story takes place at the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games.
J.C. “Jesse” Owens had already won gold twice in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints. The stadium was filled to capacity as Owens prepared for the long jump.
His only real opponent was Germany’s Ludwig “Luz” Long.
By the fifth round both men were tied at 7.89 metres, a new Olympic record. With his final jump, Owens cleared 8.06 metres and won gold. Long took silver.
Hitler left the stadium in disgust, without acknowledging Owens’ achievement.
The two men hugged each other, cheered on wildly by the crowd, and established a bond that lasted for years, transcending war, ideology and racial divide.
Owens and Long experienced their own Olympic Truce.
They celebrated the peaceful power of Olympism.