Yoko Ono Organizes Giant Human Peace Sign to Celebrate John Lennon’s Birthday
Yoko Ono celebrated what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday by celebrating peace — and trying to break a Guinness World Record in the bargain.
CBS News reports that more than 2,000 people joined Ono in New York's Central Park to form a human peace sign as part of a commemorative event she announced last month. Though Ono missed her goal of amassing between 6,000 and 10,000 people — and fell short of the record, which remains at 5,814 people — she expressed gratitude for the crowd that turned out, which CBS notes "included everyone from aging hippies to schoolchildren not yet born when Lennon died."
"New York was a very special place for John — his adopted home," said Ono in a statement. "I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday."
It was while making a different stop with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus that Ono announced her human peace sign effort in September, sharing her plans with reporters outside New York's City Hall.
"You don't have to do much/ Power works in mysterious ways. Visualize the domino effect. And just start thinking PEACE," she tweeted after making the announcement. "Thoughts are infectious. Send it out. It's Time for Action. The Action is PEACE."
The Lennon Bus, a mobile recording and production facility "dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops," traveled with the Vans Warped Tour earlier this year; its next stop is scheduled for Oct. 9, when it'll be part of a charity fundraiser honoring Lennon's 75th birthday.
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