Fidel Castro attended the unveiling of a John Lennon statue at a Havana park in December 2000.
The ceremony came 20 years after a gunman murdered Lennon in New York. Castro said of Lennon:
What makes him great in my eyes is his thinking, his ideas. I share his dreams completely. I too am a dreamer who has seen his dreams turn into reality.A Cuban artist created the bronze statue. The problem was, people kept stealing Lennon's glasses. So authorities stationed a guard near the statue so that wouldn't happen.