Friday, May 04, 2007

May Day! May Day!

As every year, I remember May 4, 1970 with a heavy heart. Joe had been a student at KSU during the 1966-1967 academic year, and left in June to spend four years with the United States Navy. In the spring of 1970 we were living in Norfolk.
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When the news broke about the shooting by the National Guardsmen at Kent State, we were filled with shock and horror. We became glued to the television, much as we had back in late November of 1963 when the President was killed.
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We were afraid that the University would be shut down, and with it what had kept us going for the past two and a half years: the hope of returning. We grieved with the families of the lost students.
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The University did survive, and we did return in August of 1971 and stayed until Joe had completed not just his interrupted Bachelor's degree but also a Master's in architecture.
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We have returned to Kent only a couple of times since we left Ohio for good in 1980. But my heart and soul return each year on May 4.
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In Memory
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Allison Krause
Jeffrey Miller
Sandra Scheuer
William Schroeder

1 comment:

Leslie said...

When the news from VA tech came out I had CSNY's song "Ohio" in my head for days. When I listened to it again it was the chorus at the end that hooked me. "Why... How many more? WHY?! How many more?? It saddens me every time I think of it. I know Kent State was different than VA tech, but the lyrics apply. *hugs*