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50 Years Ago Today on a Small College Campus – The Unimaginable Happened



On this day in 1970, on a small college campus, just outside Cleveland, Ohio, a group of students gathered to protest the Vietnam War. Horror rang out as National Guard troops reacted to the protest leaving four students dead and several others wounded.

We remember this incident with the solemnest of remembrances.

In the 50 years that have passed many things have changed. However, one cannot but reflect on the environment of the world as it is today.

Governments at all levels are reacting to the pandemic hitting our nation. These reactions, in the eyes of many, are contrary to what they believe are the God-given rights bestowed upon us and protected by our Constitution.

As those students did 5 decades ago, so are many people around this country also gathering. They are marching. They are protesting. They are waving signs. They are getting arrested to stand up for what they believe is right.

They are taking to the edifices of leadership in their state capitals and county seats. They redress, despite the rules handed down by these states, telling them when they can go to church and when they can shop.

But the right to gather and stand in front of our government, when we the people, are not happy is in the beginnings of the Bill of Rights. Citizens have embraced it during these trying times. Many of these marches has seen people also exercising their 2nd Amendment rights as well.

50 years later and people sill stand in front of their elected officials demanding course of action be taken to protect all the citizens and not just, what many believe, are just a select few.


Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20

Allison B. Krause; age 19

William Knox Schroeder; age 19

Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20

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