Julian Lennon unveils memorial in Liverpool
Millions of Beatles fans tuned in yesterday to watch John Lennon’s son Julian and his mother, Lennon’s first wife, unveil a memorial to the late pop star almost 30 years after his death.
In Liverpool, Julian and Cynthia revealed the 18-foot tall monument located in the city’s Chavasse Park. Dubbed ‘Peace and Harmony’, the memorial celebrates the anniversary of Lennon’s 70th birthday. Julian, now seven years past the age of his father when he died, said that they had gathered with their hearts in honour of his dad’s memory and to pray for peace.
Lennon became a legend in the wake of Mark Chapman gunning down the musician on 8 December 1980. Lennon was headed home after a recording session. Several events have been marked to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the musical legend’s death.
Cynthia, Lennon’s first wife, also addressed the crowd saying that it was time to celebrate John and stop mourning his death. Pete Best, the original drummer for the Beatles was also on hand, saying that John would have smiled to see the festivities.
The ceremony and unveiling of the monument marks the start of a month’s worth of celebrations as the Lennon fest kicks off in Liverpool. Fans across the globe have gathered to celebrate in their own ways. In Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lennon albums were placed into a time capsule that will remain closed until 2040.