Beatles legend John Lennon would have turned 75 years old on October 9th.
The iconic singer/songwriter was murdered outside his New York home on December 8th, 1980 at the age of 40.
Though much has been made of Lennon and his work – both with The Beatles and solo – across the years, the prevailing message, one of peace for all, endures to this day.
The late musician’s wife, Yoko Ono, has kept the spirit of Lennon alive in a number of ways – chiefly through creating the Strawberry Fields section of New York’s Central Park, which stands as a permanent memorial to the man, on the spot where his ashes were scattered.
To mark what would have been his landmark birthday, Ono spearheaded a campaign aimed at breaking the World Record for the World’s Largest Human Peace Sign.
Though the mark set fell well short of the official world record – 5,814 people, set in June 2009 at the Ithaca Festival in Ithaca, New York – it didn’t really seem to matter.
Ono had hoped for a crowd of 6,000 – 10,000 people, but the 2,000-odd who showed up still went ahead with proceedings.
— CBC News (@CBCNews) October 6, 2015
There’s no competitiveness for nice things. And this, most certainly, is a nice thing.