Today is May the Fourth….to some it is the international day for Star Wars….and to others, like myself, it is a day of mourning for this is the day that students at Kent State were killed by the National Guard.
Those students were gathering to protest and not all killed were even involved in the protest they were on-lookers…….
For those too young to remember or those that care to forget this despicable event…….
On this date, May 4, in the year 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire during a Vietnam War protest. Approximately 67 shots were fired by the guardsmen over thirteen seconds. Jeffrey Glenn Miller, age 20, was shot through the mouth and killed instantly. Allison B. Krause, age 19,was shot in the chest and died later that day. William Knox Schroeder, age 19, was also shot in the chest and died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery. Sandra Lee Scheuer, age 20, was shot in her neck and died within a few minutes from loss of blood. Among the wounded was Dean R. Kahler, who was shot in the back, causing permanent paralysis from the chest down. All of those killed or wounded were unarmed.
During the 1968 U.S. presidential campaign, candidate Richard Nixon ran on a platform that promised “peace with honor” for the Vietnam War. After his election, however, on April 30, 1970, President Nixon announced during a televised speech to the nation that American forces had invaded Cambodia. Many Americans saw this new invasion as an expansion or lengthening of the Vietnam War. In response to Nixon’s announcement of the invasion of Cambodia, students across the United States began to protest.
For anyone interested there is an outline below with pertinent sections for easy fact checks……
It has been 49 years….approaching half a century and still there are unanswered questions.
Please take a moment to remember those that died for no other reason than they were protesting a war they did not agree with…..I know I will.
A solemn beginning to my weekend….
Least We Forget.