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Sights and Sounds from the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, fans gathered at the Strawberry Fields Lennon memorial in Central Park, just 100 yards from the place where he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980 outside his Upper West Side apartment building. Since early today, guitar-slinging mourners have been mingling with tourists, news reporters, and throngs of children on class trips to remember John Lennon.

Strawberry Fields, Central Park
Strawberry Fields, Central Park ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
Fans gathered at Strawberry Fields in Central Park this morning.
Fans gathered at Strawberry Fields in Central Park this morning. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
The memorial event, which happens every year, always involves an all-day sing-a-long.
The memorial event, which happens every year, always involves an all-day sing-a-long. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
People gathered around the "Imagine" plaque.
People gathered around the "Imagine" plaque. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
A fan plays "Imagine" on an acoustic guitar.
A fan plays "Imagine" on an acoustic guitar. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
The Dakota, the building where John Lennon lived on Central Park West. He was killed just outside.
The Dakota, the building where John Lennon lived on Central Park West. He was killed just outside. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
Vendors took advantage of the commotion to sell Lennon souvenirs.
Vendors took advantage of the commotion to sell Lennon souvenirs. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
Sometimes it seemed there was more newsmedia than actual mourners at the event today.
Sometimes it seemed there was more newsmedia than actual mourners at the event today. ( Marlon Bishop/WNYC )
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