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Fans Brave Cold On Anniversary Of John Lennon’s Death

I have never been to Strawberry Fields in Central Park.  I have a bunch of photographs, but I haven’t seen it in person yet.  One day I will make the trek, but I’m not sure I could handle making the trek on this kind of anniversary.  I think it would be too much to handle.

We miss you John.  Here’s what we’ve read.

It was a cold night Friday in Central Park at Strawberry Fields, but the annual tribute to John Lennon went on as legions of fans gather to pay tribute to the musical genius.

Crowds gather every year on December 8 to remember the ex-Beatle who was killed 26 years ago. Lennon would have turned 67 next year.

“John Lennon still lives on in our hearts,” said one vigil attendee. “His vision of peace and justice still continues to this day.”

“The vibe is all love and happiness; the whole world should live like these guys are living here today,” added another Lennon fan at the memorial.

Michael Albert is a local artist, who was handing out posters at the vigil.

“The artwork that I’m handing out today is a lyric that I picked of his,” explained Albert. “It’s the opening line to I am the Walrus, which is ‘I am he, you are he, as you are me and we all together.’ And it’s basically a beautiful, poetic way of saying we are all one, which is as relevant a message today as it was when he said it, as it will always be.”

There were concerns surrounding the vigil raised by the New York Civil Liberties Union earlier this week. The vigils marking both Lennon’s death and his birthday in October are the only days where music and singing are allowed at Strawberry Fields. The NYCLU says the ban infringes on First Amendment rights and also dishonors Lennon’s legacy. And the hundreds who honored a musician they call an icon, said the music makes all the difference.

“His belief in peace and love and all these themes that they had are just timeless, and he just really deserves a sing-a-long on this day of his anniversary.”

Lennon was gunned down in 1980 outside the home his shared with Yoko Ono in the Dakota Apartments on Central Park West. Mark David Chapman is serving a life sentence for the murder.

Source: NY1


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