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Ringo Starr, the legendary drummer for the iconic band The Beatles,” has always had “peace and love” as his mantra. In a new interview, the 81 year-old spoke out to say that spreading this message is more important now than it ever has been before.

‘It’s Always Been Important’

“Well it’s always been important – and I do spread the message,” Starr told Fox News. “I mean, you look at the photos in the ‘60s, we’re all doing this. We loved ’66 when flower power was coming in. It was such a change in those years – people with flowers and loving each other.”

There were a few bad moments, like Kent State and things like that, but we just went right for it,” Starr added, referring to the 1970 tragedy in which the Ohio National Guard opened fire on unarmed college students at a war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and injuring nine others.

“It was part of how we felt,” Starr said of sharing the message then and now. “And I keep doing it now. I do it, I can only have myself do it. I can’t force anybody to be peaceful and loving.”

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Starr’s Birthday Wish

For his birthday of July 7, Starr is known for asking his fans to take a moment and ask for peace and love. He’s been doing this event since 2008, and it all started when someone simply asked him what he wanted for his birthday. 

“And out of the blue, I thought, ‘You know what would be great if everyone at noon on the 7th of July went ‘peace and love,’” he recalled back in 2016. “Wherever you are – on the bus, down the mine, wherever – you could just go ‘peace and love.’ That would be… a great gift to me.”

“I’m inviting everyone who wants to join the peace and love celebration for my birthday at noon your time wherever you are, 7-7-21,” he said for his birthday last year in a video message. 

“You can post it, you can say it, you can even think it – but it would be really cool if you go ‘Peace and Love’ at noon on my birthday – so let’s spread peace and love on my birthday – c’mon everybody!” Starr added. 

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Check out that full video message for yourself below. 

Starr And Paul McCartney Are Last Two Beatles 

Starr and Paul McCartney are the last two surviving Beatles, as John Lennon was killed in 1980 at the age of 40, and George Harrison died in 2001 at age 58 following a battle with cancer.

“It was a super incredible connection of peace and love,” Starr reflected last year. “It was so great. I still miss John and George, but that’s how life is. Paul and I are still great friends, and we support each other.”

God bless Starr for using his platform to spread peace and love to all. We hope that he has a very happy birthday this week, and we hope that you will help him out by spreading peace and love as well!

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