John Lennon’s 70th Birthday Celebrated in Central Park

Strawberry Fields in Central Park

Lennon Tribute in Central Park

Thousands of fans from all over the world gathered Saturday in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields to sing Beatles songs on John Lennon’s 70th birthday.

“His music speaks to people of any nation, any age, and that’s why I think so many young people now who never would have known him still find him so appealing,” said Karen Kriendler Nelson, 69, who lives nearby and often visits the mosaic that spells out Lennon’s song “Imagine.”

Police put up barracades to contain the fans as they layed down flowers, sang and shared a message of peace.

“The values Lennon defended are still alive,” said Joan Acarin, a 41-year-old attorney from Barcelona. “It’s the idea that we do not have to fight wars.”

Lennon was shot across the street from Central Park in 1980. Strawberry Fields was subsequently named for and dedicated to him.

Quotes courtesy of the Associated Press.

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