Yoko Ono said the world was still learning from his messages of peace, “On this tragic anniversary, please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. The world was lucky to have known him. We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you.”
Yoko, meanwhile is busy organising a charity concert in Japan, called Dream Power John Lennon Super Live and thousands of fans are expected to attend vigils in Lennon’s home town of Liverpool. Local musicians are expected to gather along with Beatles fans from around the world, as Sky News reports.
In the United States fans can be expected to pay their respects at the Strawberry Fields memorial garden in Central Park, directly opposite the spot where the late Beatle, singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist was gunned down by crazed fan Mark Chapman. Lennon’s ashes are scattered here.
The Liverpool Daily Post has encouraged fans to attend the new Peace and Harmony monument dedicated to Lennon, at the city’s Chavasse Park and also to gather at the statue in Cavern Walks, with well-wishers also expected to leave flowers and tributes at the Lennon statue in Mathew Street. The candlelit vigil starts at 2000GMT at the European Peace Monument, in Chavasse Park, Liverpool.
After Lennon had been shot four times in the back 30-years-ago today, he was taken to the emergency room of nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 pm local time.
Jerry Goldman, director of The Beatles Story, was instrumental in having the monument erected in Liverpool, he said, “although the European Peace Monument has only been on public display for just over a month it’s already taken on a global significance of its own. People from all over the world are coming to the city to pay their respects and consider Lennon’s message of peace through his music.”