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Site where Jeffrey Miller died on May 4 1970 and where the famous photograph was taken
Tuesday May 4 was the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University by units of the Ohio National Guard. I received an invitation to attend the commemoration ceremonies as an alumnus. So I took the day off to attend with a close friend of mine who wasn’t at Kent State back in 1970 and had never been there on May 4 previously. The weather on May 4 2010 was practically a carbon copy of the weather on May 4 1970 although warmer. The site has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the university has dedicated a new walking tour of the location with boards showing where and how the events leading up to May 4 1970 unfolded. The walking tour with information on the visitor center along with more information can be accessed on this web site: www.kent.edu/may4/" rel="nofollow">http://www.kent.edu/may4/ .
In addition, the Cleveland Plain Dealer had an excellent series of articles on the anniversary of the event. Those can be accessed on this web site: www.cleveland.com/kent-state-anniversary/" rel="nofollow">http://www.cleveland.com/kent-state-anniversary/ .
The ceremonies were subdued and solemn with the tolling of the Victory bell at 12:24 PM, the exact time that the National Guard fired the fatal shots. Thirteen white doves were released representing the four killed and nine wounded students from that day. There was a parade of speakers on the podium that represented a look back 40 years. Featured speakers were Mark Rudd, leader of the SDS at Columbia University in 1968; Bernadine Dohrn, a former Weather Underground member and now a law professor; Mary Ann Vecchio, the Florida teen age run away in the famous photograph screaming over the body of Jeff Miller (she is now a grandmother); “Country Joe” McDonald, leader of the band “Country Joe and the Fish (a Vietnam veteran I learned) whose “Fish song” became an anti war anthem; Bobby Seale, former Black Panther and Jerry Casale of the rock band “Devo” who was in the line of fire on May 4 1970 as a Kent State University student. Also present (but not a speaker) was cartoonist Chuck Ayers (co-writer of the cartoon “Crankshaft”) who was a witness to the shootings. One reason why the events were so well covered by the media is that Taylor Hall (the building next to where the guard fired and in the center of the action) housed (and still does) the School of Journalism.
The crowd on the anniversary commemoration
The National Guard's line of fire, taken from the spot where the shots were fired. All but one of the killed and wounded students were in that parking lot.
Yes that is a bullet hole in that scupture that is from May 4 1970
The university's official memorial to the dead and wounded students, dedicated on May 4 1990, the twentieth anniversary of the shootings.
Thanks for sharig this humbling moment.