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Sun shines on Julian and Cynthia at Lennon Peace Monument dedication
by Katie Hickox, Beatles News Liverpool Reporter
The sun finally came out this overcast morning when Julian and Cynthia Lennon spoke a few words before a standing audience of over 3,000 during the dedication of the new John Lennon Peace monument installed in Liverpool's new Chavasse Park at LiverpoolOne's shopping center.
They cut the ribbon and unveiled the new 18' tall sculpture that was covered by a white fabric dome with "Give Peace A Chance" in giant black lettering. As the white dome was opened up to reveal the peace monument titled "Peace and Harmony" hundreds of white balloons were released, each containing a message to John.
The John Lennon Peace Monument was based on a painting by Artist Lauren Voiers and built by sculptor Lyle London who used her painting to create a three dimensional design. The monument was sponsored by California based Global Peace Initiative who designated this peace monument for Europe as the second in a series of seven Peace Sculpture installations each representing one of the seven continents and the first peace monument was installed 2005 in Singapore representing Asia.
The decision was made to dedicate the Peace monument to John Lennon on what would be his 70th birthday today, October 9th, in his hometown of Liverpool and to honor his legacy of peace that still inspires people to come together and seek peace and love.
The dedication ceremony started with several John Lennon songs accompanied by a chorus of young students who performed the songs using sign language instead of singing. BBC Merseyside Radio Host Roger Phillips opened the event. He introduced many dignitaries including Julian and Cynthia, Lord Mayoress Hazel Williams, Joe Anderson from the Liverpool City Council, Chris Bliss of LiverpoolOne, Jerry Goldman of the BeatlesStory, artist Lauren Voiers and Bill Valenty of the Global Peace Initiative; all spoke about today's event and what the installation of the peace monument means for Liverpool on John Lennon's 70th birthday.
John's message of peace is more powerful today than it was in 1980 as witnessed by the many peace ceremonies--Yoko is in Iceland today for a peace ceremony--and 70th birthday celebrations taking place all over the world today.
Congratulations Liverpool and Happy 70th Birthday John!
Published October 9, 2010
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