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She was married to John Lennon from 1962 to 1968.

In New York, planned celebrations include a Saturday evening benefit concert at the Society For Ethical Culture, a short walk from Strawberry Fields. The proceeds will go to the human rights organization Amnesty International.

Capping the New York remembrances would be a Central Park screening of a documentary detailing Lennon’s life in the city. Titled “LENNONYC,” the new public television film to be shown at 7 p.m. in the park’s Rumsey Playfield, with picnic-style seating on the ground.

Ono was set to mark her late husband’s milestone birthday in Iceland with a performance by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band. She also was to present awards to people who had contributed to peace.

Ono marked her late husband’s milestone birthday in Iceland with a lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower, which shines a beam of blue light into the sky, followed by a concert by the Plastic Ono Band. Ono dedicated the tower to Lennon in 2007.

She also presented awards to people who have contributed to peace, included Alice Walker, the author of “The Color Purple.”

“Like millions around the world, I deeply loved John,” Walker said as she received the award in Reykjavik.

The other winners were filmmaker Josh Fox, who made the documentary “Gasland”; author and activist Michael Pollan and food safety advocate Barbara Kowalcyk.

Just before Lennon was killed, the couple collaborated on a last album “that was so different from anything he did before,” said David Edwards, a college student in Kentucky who drove 14 hours to New York City to pay tribute.

The 22-year-old found a different way to honor the slain Beatle in the bustling crowd of admirers: He sat alone on a bench with earphones on, listening to Lennon’s music on his iPod while reading his book “Skywriting By Word of Mouth.”

“What gets me is his humanity,” Edwards said. “He was one of the first superstars who showed that he was vulnerable _ he was Everyman.”


Associated Press Writer Sylvia Hui in London contributed to this report.



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