May 4th is always an interesting day for me. I usually wake up on a spring morning and hear the birds, think about my day and head off to work. But, eventually, the thought that it is May 4th creeps into my mind.
I was a young boy in NE Ohio when the shootings occurred. I remember being sent home from Edgefield Elementary (the radicals, after all, were coming) in the middle of the day. I remember how quiet it was in the house. I remember the whispers between my parents. My mom was a Kent State grad and she had a sister at the school at the time of the shootings. It was a somber and long day.
The scenes on the evening news and in the local paper were shocking, even to a young boy. And, the realization that the National Guard fired into unarmed students was upsetting even to me. I still shake my head about that to this day and it is probably one of the reasons I’ve been a pacifist for my entire life. The violence served no purpose but to end the lives of people with hopes and dreams.
To this day there is a candlelight vigil to honor the victims. There are speeches. There are memories. There are throats that tighten as people get choked-up.
*Interesting note - of the four fatally shot students, only two of them were actually attending the anti-war rally (which was in protest to Nixon’s bombing of neutral Cambodia). The other two just happened to get in the way of a stray bullet.
This Sunday at 11am PT Brendon’s sharing one of his favorites, The Blue Album by Weezer on Beats 1 Gratitude. Listen here.
If you don’t have your tickets to the Weezer and Panic! At The Disco Summer Tour 2016, get yours:
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