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Icelandair Stopover 17 BY LISA GAIL SHANNEN. PHOTO BY ROMAN GERASYMENKO. The rain doesn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the 2,000 people who have gathered to watch the illumination of Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower—an extraordinary work of art installed on Viðey Island, just off the coast of Reykjavík. The monument, which is both a memorial to John Lennon and the vision of peace he shared with Yoko, is lit every year on October 9, John Lennon’s birthday. Since its inaugural event back in 2007, Yoko Ono has invited people on a compli- mentary ferry trip to the island to take part in the lighting ceremony. She usually visits in person, but in 2018 she sent a video message via New York. The timing is perfect. While Yoko delivers her short speech, the rain stops and the skies clear to reveal the northern lights. With the aurora dancing above, those familiar first notes of John Lennon’s “Imagine” fill the air as 16 super beams of light are illuminated separately to form the impressive Imagine Peace Tower—a power- ful beacon of peace and hope. The Imagine Peace Tower is lit annually on October 9 to December 8, December 21–31, February 18, and March 20–27. A BEACON OF HOPE n Viðey Island

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