The Beatles' John Lennon once sang "Come together, right now, over me." And thousands did to help celebrate what would have been Lennon’s 75th birthday, when they joined Yoko Ono in an attempt to set a new world record for the biggest human peace sign.
The event was organized at Central Park's East Meadow in New York City.
Ono hoped to bring together more than 6,000 people, since the current human peace sign record, 5,814. While the final tally only surpassed 2,000 fans who showed up for the special tribute, Ono was still very excited when she saw the large crowd. She reportedly exclaimed, "This is the best birthday present to John!”
Ono organized the peace sign not just for Lennon's birthday, but also to bring awareness to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile nonprofit recording studio that works with students to create music and video projects.
“New York was a very special place for John – his adopted home – and I’m so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday,” she said in a statement.
Lennon was born on Oct. 9, 1940. A gunman confronted and killed him on Dec. 8, 1980, at the entrance to his New York apartment building. Lennon died of his injuries within minutes.
However, as proven by the people of New York City this week, Lennon’s legacy of art and peace continues to live on.
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