(This post was orininally published in another blog I manage, SeeBee Sez. I’m repeating this quote today, the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State. There have been shootings on campuses since then — too many of them, unfortunately. The difference here is that representatives of the State — in this case, the State of Ohio, not other students or mentally unstable private citizens — fired on unarmed students. This should be a cautionary tale for our nation. We should never forget the lessons of Kent State. The original SeeBee Sez post from 2011 follows. You can find more info about SeeBee Sez here.)
On this date in 1970, four Kent State University students were fired on and killed by Ohio National Guardsmen during an antiwar demonstration. Twenty years after the event, a May 4th memorial was built at Kent State. The words “Inquire. Learn. Reflect.” are inscribed at the threshold to the memorial.
Neil Young wrote the song “Ohio” after reading about the shootings.
For more about the events at Kent State, check here.