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A towering monument to peace has been dedicated to John Lennon in Liverpool to celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday.
Lennon's eldest son Julian unveiled the huge sculpture that takes pride of place in Chavasse Park at the Liverpool ONE shopping centre.
The murdered Beatle's first wife Cynthia also attended the unveiling of the 18ft high monument entitled "Peace & Harmony" witnessed by two thousand dignitaries and fans.
Julian said: "We come here with our hearts to honour dad and pray for peace and say thank you to each and every one of you and everybody involved in the celebrations today."
Cynthia, who was John's wife from 1962-68, added: "I think the mourning is over for John. I think it's time to celebrate, which is what we're doing.
"Think about [anything in] his life that was positive and just enjoy that. Enjoy the joy that he had and that we all have from his music."
Commissioned by the Global Peace Initiative, the monument was created by American artist Lauren Voiers in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sculptor Lauren was asked by Julian to incorporate within the monumentís design, a white feather - which is a symbol of both his father's spirit and of peace.
The art work has a globe at its base with musical notes and a guitar spiralling upwards. It is topped by a dove of peace holding a white feather in its beak.
Julian and Cynthia's eyes filled with tears as he parted the covering on the monument that was greeted with gasps of delight among the crowd and a huge round of applause.
Julian explained: "One of the things my father said to me was that should he pass away, if there was some way of letting me know he was going to be ok, it was by, in some shape or form, presenting me with a white feather."
Leader of Liverpool City Council Joe Anderson said:"This is a great day for Liverpool,
"John Lennon's legacy of music and peace has been, an inspiration to the world.
"John is remembered, not just here in Liverpool, but throughout the world for his efforts to bring peace to the planet.
"At a time when musicians were not expected to stand up for what they believed in John was a trail-blazer. He led and others followed."
"We hope people will come from all over the world to to visit this memorial and remember John
"I remember trying to explain to my daughter, just how important John and The Beatles are, she was only one year old when John died, but now she understands what his death meant to the people of Liverpool and the world."
"There are new generations being inspired by John. His music and message of peace lives on and is his great legacy to us all."
Sculptor Lauren Voiers said: "I'm so happy to be here in Liverpool to see the monument unveiled.
"This is my second visit. When I first came here in March I went to see John's house, Strawberry Field, Penny Lane and the other Beatle sites, which helped to inspire
"Now I'm back for the unveiling and would like to thank the people of Liverpool who have been so kind to me and I hope that they like the Peace and Harmony Memorial to John.
Jerry Goldman, MD The Beatles Story museum, Liverpool, added: "Lennonís message of peace is timeless and is one that is now more relevant than ever.
"We hope that this imposing monument dedicated to John will become a place that people from all over the world will visit to contemplate peace and John Lennonís contribution to it through his music."
"Liverpool is the only ideal destination for such a remarkable monument and we feel sure that it will take on a global significance as word travels round the world that there is a place to go to in England where people can meet under the timeless banner of peace."
The John Lennon Peace Monument is the second peace monument to be gifted by the Global Peace Initiative.
The first was gifted to the people of Asia in 2005 and stands in Singapore and the third is planned for South America.