Today we are remembering the late, great John Lennon on the 37th anniversary of his death. The Beatles legend who campaigned for peace in this world and was tragically murdered as he left his home at the Dakota building in New York by a man who bought a gun in Hawaii and brought it to New York in his suitcase. The world inevitably still misses him since that day. Five hours before Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death, Lennon autographed a ‘Double Fantasy’ album for his murderer and it was up for sale.

John Lennon

John taught a lot of us that protesting what you think is wrong is a truly patriotic act in America. That idea lives and shines on.

Would John Lennon, murdered thirty-seven years ago today, have believed that a four-year-old from Toronto would one day ask her dad, on her first visit to New York City, to take her to Strawberry Fields so she could bring him flowers? Clearly, Lennon has left a lasting impression on many, even young children.

Many will be celebrating Lennon today as he has helped me through hard times in their lives where they needed it the most. John Lennon is remembered as a man who was tragically killed on this day in 1980.

A horrible loss for his loved ones, and anyone who loves music. Thirty-seven years ago today, a mentally ill man with a gun stole John Lennon from us. Stronger gun control was needed then and is still needed now. John Lennon was an icon who changed music for the better.

His music and words

Lennon's music to this day is still listened to, whether it is his music with the Beatles or his solo music. The Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club," was highlighted as one of their most iconic albums. His song "Imagine" is one that contains a lot of insight, inspiration, and depth. Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that separate people (religion, possessions, etc.) did not exist. He felt that would be a much better place. This song is a powerful political message that is placed in an elegant melody. John Lennon is also known for his memorable quotes.

One that is adored by many is his happiness quote that states, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” This quote has resonated with many people and is only part of the reason why people adore Lennon. Some other memorable quotes are, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans, time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted, and a dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."