Wednesday, March 7, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Paul McGuire
March 7, 2012

There was a time in America’s recent history where millions of people believed that world peace was possible. In fact, millions of American’s joined the Peace Movement and marched on Washington D.C. to end the Viet Nam War. I was part of that Peace Movement and as a High School student I traveled from New York City to Washington D.C. to be part of a mass peace demonstration.

In fact, the counter culture of the 1960’s championed terms like, “Peace, love and Woodstock and many other terms. During the Vietnam War in 1969, Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono held several Bed-Ins for Peace in Amsterdam and Montreal, in order to promote world peace.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in 1969 and they knew their marriage was a huge press event. John and Yoko decided to use the publicity to promote world peace. First they stayed in the Amsterdam Hotel for a week and invited the world press, including television cameras and endless microphones, to spend twelve hours a day in their large hotel room. The Lennon’s stayed in bed, hugged, kissed and talked about world peace to the entire world.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to hold a second Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and occupied four suites. They invited Dr. Timothy Leary, the LSD guru from Harvard, and comedians Tommy Smothers and Dick Gregory. Other celebrities and famous journalists broadcast the Bed-In, through the Canadian Broadcasting Network worldwide. When a reporter asked Lennon what he intended to achieve by staying in bed, Lennon said the famous words, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” Using a simple four-track recorder and four microphones, the song “Give Peace a Chance was recorded. Dozens of celebrities like Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham, Feinberg, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Murray the K and Tommy Smothers sang along. “Give Peace a Chance” became the theme song of the Peace Movement.

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