On the way to Bluesfest we overnight near Kent Ohio. Sue and I married soon after the 1970 shootings at Kent State. That violence together with the possibility of our son some day facing mandatory service led to our raising the family in Canada.
At that time and even today many still cannot believe that US soldiers would try to quell a disturbance with live ammunition in their rifles.
Recent commemorations of the May 4 massacre Kent State were evidenced with candles and other mementoes.
Yes tempers were high and there was damage to property that day. Standing where the students fell and looking up the hill to the firing positions I can’t help but wonder why anyone would shoot. The students were too far to hit the soldiers with rocks.
Fear, anger, dissent, bullets. The monument advises us to inquire, learn, reflect.