“What if You Knew Them” * Thank you Ron of Spirit of Recovery

The students who were killed in the Kent State Massacre

Some things must NEVER be forgotten.

Some things must NEVER be taken for granted.

Thank you Ron of The Spirit of Recovery for reminding us about the Horror of Kent State Massacre.

Thank you Ron. Thank you very much.

Peace, Really.



Do not take this for Granted….


Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”


What If You Knew Them?

Posted on May 4, 2012

On Monday, May 4th, 1970, at 12:24pm, I was on lunch break from classes in my junior year of high school.  At the same time, about 650 miles to the east, two 19-year-old and two 20-year-old college students, two boys and two girls, were shot to death on their university campus by members of the Ohio National Guard.

The incident, quickly dubbed the Kent State Massacre by the press and anti-war movement, shocked the nation, and affected me in ways that I’ll likely never quite understand.  I certainly lost some innocence, and replaced it with cynicism.

To this day, I set aside May 4th as a day of remembrance and meditation.  I will make no political statement here.  I would just like to make those of you who may be too young to remember the events of that day aware of it—a simple internet search for “kent state massacre” or “kent state shootings” will bring up all the details.

Please join me on the 4th of May by lighting a candle (or four), and say a prayer with a little meditation on what it meant and means to you.

~ by Step On a Crack on May 3, 2012.

8 Responses to ““What if You Knew Them” * Thank you Ron of Spirit of Recovery”

  1. Thank you…I remember the day clearly…

    Be encouraged!


    • I remember learning what the song was about and being devastated. We can’t forget I am SO GLAD Ron posted this.

      Thank you for being here and for the HOPE!

      Peace, Jen


  2. Thank you, Jen, for this reminder (of the date, not the incident–that I remember). Two years later, I was a student at university–and outside my auditorium class, I heard a large group of students marching. I grew so frightened that we, too, would have a “Kent State”. It was such an indelible event.–very traumatic.


  3. thanks for reposting this blog,. much appreciated.


  4. When I look at the faces of the protesters, I’m reminded of how innocent we were in 1970. I was a senior in high school. I was petrified about going to college. I did not remember the date. Thank you for reposting. It brings back so many memories for those of us who were young, impressionable and fearful. It was a time of redefining ‘the good guys’ for us. It was the demarcation for me of questioning authority.


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  6. I was in 8th grade and my father, who was a WWII decorated vet, was so angry at the protests. More angry than at the deaths, it seems. Maybe that was just my impression.
    My sister had graduated from Indiana State the year before. Her husband’s number came up in May of 1970 and along with my 6 month old niece, they disappeared over night into Canada – although it was 5 years later before we learned that. They were simply gone.
    Life changed forever in our home during May of 1970.
    My folks were never the same. Possibly the nations has never been same either.


    • Thank you for sharing that obviously painful memory…while time doesn’t make the wound go away…I do hope there has been some healing…and again, thanks.

      Be encouraged!


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