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It Wasn’t Over

“WAR IS OVER!” What a lovely sentiment. Except, you didn’t read the fine print, did you? The entire sign, which originally appeared in Times Square, New York City, in 1969, was put up at the height of the Vietnam War. But it wasn’t a declaration of victory — it was a call to peace.

Underneath the big bold lettering are smaller words, which read, “IF YOU WANT IT.” The sign corresponds to a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which was an anti-war Christmas ballad. The war itself lasted another six years, with U.S. involvement lasting until 1973.