Thousands form human peace sign to honor John Lennon in NYC

A crowd gathered in Central Park to form a human peace sign to remember John Lennon and attempt a Guinness world record, raises their hands in a peace sign gesture, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in New York. Thousands of people joined Yoko Ono and tried to set a world record for largest group of human bodies forming a peace sign. The record attempt to honor Ono's husband, John Lennon, didn't succeed. Lennon would have turned 75 on Friday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of people joined Yoko Ono in Central Park on Tuesday to try to set a world record for largest group of human bodies forming a peace sign.

The record attempt to honor Ono’s husband, John Lennon, didn’t succeed. Still, the crowd celebrated the upcoming birthday of the late Beatle, who would have turned 75 on Friday.

A Guinness World Records representative said the effort drew more than 2,000 people. At least 5,000 were needed for an official record, said Guinness adjudicator Philip Robertson.

That did not quell the spirit of the warm, sunny day that brought together everyone from aging hippies to schoolchildren not yet born when Lennon died.

He was fatally shot in 1980 at his apartment building on Manhattan’s west side just across from Central Park.

More than three decades after her husband’s assassination, Lennon’s 82-year-old widow summed up Tuesday’s event using his famed lyrics, “Imagine all the people living life in peace… .”

She concluded: “This is the best present to John.”

In 2009, 5,814 people formed a peace sign in Ithaca, New York. But it was not clear whether participants stood in place in the shape of the symbol for at least five minutes, as required, and therefore no official record was set, Robertson said.

Ayeisha Bradley and her 9-year-old son, Salahedin Callier, were not there to compete.

The Manhattan mother and her son, both Muslims, kneeled quietly under a tree, praying.

“To me, peace is something that should stop fighting, you need peace like, as in, if somebody is fighting with you and they act like they’re not your friend — act like you’re their friend,” the boy said. “That’s making peace. If there’s not a solution, then you’re part of the problem.”

His mother added, “Before we make peace outside ourselves, we have to make peace within ourselves.”

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