Yoko Ono: The migrant crisis would have 'upset' John Lennon

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John Lennon would have turned 75 on October 9 this year –- and Yoko Ono doesn't want to let his birthday pass without paying a special tribute.

To celebrate Lennon's life, the artist and activist told AOL.com she planned 'very special' events to honor his memory.

Ono invited people from all over the world to converge in New York's Central Park on October 6 to help her send a message to the world about peace.

"To celebrate this year, we'll be forming a human peace symbol in Central Park," Ono told AOL.com.

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Attendees gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A man poses as people gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Yoko Ono speaks as people gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather in Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York to celebrate John Lennon's 75th birthday. Yoko Ono Lennon and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus? gather to celebrate the anniversary of Lennon's birth with a Guinness World Records? attempt for the worlds largest human peace sign. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: The crowd joins 'Yoko Ono's World Record Attempt' to create the world's largest human piece sign at Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: The crowd joins 'Yoko Ono's World Record Attempt' to create the world's largest human piece sign at Central Park on October 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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Thousands of people came together in the park's East Meadow section in a celebration that included surprise musical performances and family entertainment.



Ono also joined the crowds as they created the peace sign.



"John was a very important activist and what he did is something that really had an effect in the world," she said. "I really think that he still –- his work –- is having an effect in the world and I think it will go on."

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Carly Simon (pregnant) Yoko Ono James Taylor and John Lennon; circa 1960; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono lies in a bathtub with British singer and musician John Lennon (1940 - 1980), late 1960s. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
View of the back cover of the record album 'Two Virgins,' by British musician John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Japanese-born musician and artist Yoko Ono, 1968. The two are both completely naked, save for Lennon's glasses and necklace. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
View of a censored version of the front cover of the record album 'Two Virgins,' by British musician John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Japanese-born musician and artist Yoko Ono, 1968. A plain brown sleeve covers the original art which features the two musicians both completely naked, save for Lennon's glasses and necklace; a pair of cut-outs reveal the album title and the musician's heads. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
Beatle John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and his girlfriend Yoko Ono outside the Robert Fraser Gallery, where Lennon's work is on show at the gallery in an exhibition entitled 'You Are Here', London, July 1968. Lennon is about to release 365 helium-filled balloons to mark the occasion. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Close-up portrait of Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono and British musican and artist John Lennon (1940 - 1980), December 1968. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
Japanese-born artist and musician Yoko Ono and British musican and artist John Lennon (1940 - 1980), December 1968. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
Yoko Ono and John Lennon at a press conference in 1968 in Montreux, Switzerland. (Photo by Gunter Zint/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns)
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John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Yoko Ono pose on the steps of the Apple building in London, holding one of the posters that they distributed to the world's major cities as part of a peace campaign protesting against the Vietnam War, December 1969. The poster reads 'War Is Over, If You Want It'. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Keystone/Getty Images)
John Lennon (1940 - 1980) and Yoko Ono at home in Ascot, England, circa 1971. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
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For her, New York was the ideal city to hold the event.

"We remember and I remember and you remember too -- John was fanatic about New York City. John was in love with New York," Ono said. "To do it in New York is very important. It's special."



But Ono doesn't doubt that Lennon's passion for activism would have grown had he been alive today. She said the thinks her late husband "would have been very, very, very upset" by the growing migrant crisis.

"Think about it, John was an immigrant. John immigrated to the United States ... and he was very proud of it," she said. "He was very proud of his green card and he did a lot of things for this country."

Ono said the global issue, which traverses both "human rights and human life," needs to be dealt with.

But she believes if Lennon were alive today, he'd be pleasantly surprised by the number of people who are rallying behind global causes to bring about change.



"He probably is looking around and thinking, 'Oh, it's great there are so many activists now,'" she said.

To also honor Lennon's memory, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is doing a residency tour of New York City and the five boroughs. The bus is a non-profit, state-of the art recording facility that provides hands-on music experiences for students of all ages.

Following the celebrations in New York, Ono heads to Iceland to light the Imagine Peace tower on October 9, Lennon's birthday. The tower will stay lit until December 31.

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Ono said she's happy so many people want to honor the life of Lennon – even if there are a few misconceptions that still remain.

"There have been so many things that have been said about John –- bad and good," she said. "If I kept fighting that each time, I'd be very tired. I just ignore them and be thankful that there are so many people who still understand John and love John for what he was."

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