Thousands of people get together at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to pay tribute to the late musician and Woodstock icon, Richie Havens. YNN's Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the Day of Song and Remembrance.
BETHEL, N.Y. -- It was a night of remembrance for a man who was an influential part of the Woodstock Music Festival. Thousands of people gathered at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts to pay tribute to the late musician and Woodstock icon, Richie Havens.
It was 44 years ago this past weekend that the musician opened the Woodstock Music Festival with a performance that put him on the mainstream musical map. In honor of his legacy, Havens' ashes were scattered with flower petals on the same field where he played in 1969.
Havens' family and friends say it's only fitting that he be given this kind of send off.
Friend Cherise Barasch said, "I was really surprised when I read it in the paper that was part of his request in his will and I was like, that’s so Richie. It's so humbling."
Daughter Dhalia Havens said, "It's very fitting, he should be here, and whoever comes after today should know that he started and ended right here where he was most happy actually."
Havens died back on April 22 at the age of 72.