Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Kent State Massacre


For me, this date will live forever. I suspect for many of those in my generation who were paying attention,  May 4, 1970  will join those dates ever etched in our brains-  November 22, 1963April 4, 1968, June 6, 1968 and so on.

I was in Spain at the time. On my way to University I passed a kiosk early on the morning of May 5, 1970. One of those kiosks you see where newspapers and chewing gum, cigarettes and lottery tickets are sold-with newspapers clipped on a string with clothespins like flags on a line. One picture seemed to be on the cover of just about every magazine and newspaper. I looked and looked again because I could tell that boy laying face down and the girl kneeling next to him were American kids. When I read what it was all about, I immediately slipped into a surreal state of horror and shock.  Oh my God, they are shooting peaceful protesters.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "OHIO" (click)

Vietnam Veterans Against the War
March on the 20th Anniversary of 
The Kent State Massacre

Led by the late Bill Davis, VVAW
1948 - 2007
RIP Soldier of Peace

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