Kent State 38 Years Later

It has been 38 years and counting since a family acquaintance, Bill Shroeder, and 3 others were killed at Kent State University just down the road from where I was growing up. Up until then I had been effectively shielded from the Vietnam War but Schroeder’s death from shots fired by the Ohio National Guard while he was walking to class forever changed that.

Over 5 years into our latest unpopular war, the protests haven’t reached the point they did in 1970, probably due to the lack of a draft, but as Bush’s approval ratings show, we aren’t too thrilled with the current conflict either. To commemorate the incident also know as the “Kent State Massacre”, Neil Young wrote Ohio.

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