Admirers wrestle with how to honor Pete Seeger

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Updated: Fri, 02 May 2014 01:15:28 EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Plans abound to honor folk singer Pete Seeger months after the folk legend's death, with a few early events planned on what would have been his 95th birthday on Saturday. But trying to honor a hardcore egalitarian like Seeger raises some questions.

How do you single out a singer who revered the masses? Is it OK to bestow honors on Seeger that he declined during his life?

Seeger's hometown of Beacon plans to rename its riverside park for the singer and his late wife, Toshi. Many see that as a fitting tribute since they were instrumental in converting the former dump into Riverfront Park.

More controversially, some people want to put Seeger's name on the massive Hudson River span that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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