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Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming (OH)

Campus of Kent State University. Numerous memorials, a small museum, and a walking tour that follows the timeline of events.

May 4, 1970. Nixon had announced the invasion of Cambodia. Much social unrest in many places across the U.S. including Kent, OH. There had already been one anti-war protest on campus days before. Another was scheduled for May 4 but authorities attempted to cancel it. Students and people showed up anyway. So did the Ohio National Guard.

Shortly after noon on May 4 from the strategically high ‘pagoda’ hill (see below) near Taylor Hall, the National Guard seems to have arbitrarily opened fire on demonstrators. It lasted 13 seconds.

Four students were killed by gunfire in a nearby parking lot (see below) below the ‘pagoda’ hill. Nine more were injured.

The soul of America was slashed with a sharp knife and she bled profusely.

My only thoughts are these.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said – “Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”

Jesus said – “Put your sword back in its place for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”

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