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Where were you May 4th 1970?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,

We're finally on our own.

This summer I hear the drumming,

Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it

Soldiers are gunning us down

Should have been done long ago.

What if you knew her

And found her dead on the ground

How can you run when you know?


My greatest respect to Adolphusguzman, Mister Ed, Robert W . and The American Patriot. I'm sure it was quite disheartening to be over there and have all the protesting over here. My father did 3 tours over there and his first response well it wasen't very nice.

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  • Donna
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    That photo is printed on my mind forever, Who would have thought anything like that could happen in America the land of the free! I remember like it was yesterday. I am Canadian but this upset me more than when Kennedy was assassinated.

    My husband had been laid off and we were in the process of moving to a new city, and a new job.

    This song always made me think of the Kent State massacre.

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  • 4 years ago

    It's disturbing, to say the least. Our government is, perhaps, not quite the evil empire some portray it as, but there are quite a few less-than-honorable conclaves within it. I don't think we are past the point of no return... yet. If we continue to allow the liberal mindset be bred into our youth, though, we will cease to be a force for good, and as a nation we will be a bastion of oppressive government and suffering. This is why gun control is so stupid. So we disarm those who would use guns legally... What do we get? An increase in violence because criminals can now do whatever they wish. I think, hope, and pray that the general population will realize that. Unfortunately, with the liberal brainwashing that occurs in the education system, especially higher education, it's very likely that we will be facing more stringent reforms in the next few years. We can only hope and pray for a return to our roots, as a nation founded upon freedom from oppressive government and as a nation which, by and large, sought its inspiration from the Creator.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I was 28...My last child had been born that past December. My marriage was heading to trouble though I didn't realize it at the time. We split in '74.

    I lived in a ranch style in N.W. D.C. and I was working at a DC Think Tank in Employment Research and Training. Traveled two weeks out of the month.

    My hubby and I partied with the Redskins and froliced with the 'pretty and accomplished people' of DC.' [yeah right!]

    I remember Kent State. The continuance of being brought to abject REALISM [since Kennedy, MLK, RFK, etc] in my few years of the violence possible man to man.

    I drove a used white Corvair [actually my fav car!]

    I was 'cute' - LOL...thin and just beginning to learn who I was - though not who I WOULD grow to be.

    My Dad had just been named Deputy of Civil Rights for GSA.

    My girls were 5 and 7.

    My two grandmothers passed.

    I was a clothes horse back then [no longer]

    I thought I was happy!...and THOUGHT my life would continue on as it was.

    WAKE UP call a few years later.

    Such is life in the fast OR slow lane!

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  • 1 decade ago

    In college in NY, probably protesting the war. I remember when I heard, I sort of took a breath and have yet to let it out (good thing I don't need to breath to live). The police even came and surrounded parts of our college (the dorm predominantly since it was mostly anarchy in there--co-ed living, police were not allowed in so there was a lot of drug activity, lots of parties, forests of pot plants growing on a lot of balconies) and rumor had it that they would open fire on us just like they did at Kent State (and a week later, Jacksonville State). My college declared that "finals" were canceled, grades would be given on a pass-fail system, no graduation proceeding that year, and classes closed down early so the students would go away. It was very intense, scary, angering, morally demolishing, felt like it truly was them vs. us.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It was my day off and I was home cleaning house and doing laundry. I had the TV on and heard the news come on. I went into the living rm. to watch this. I just sat there. I was so stunned. I didn't finish cleaning, just the laundry. I didn't want to be away from TV to long. It still shocks me that it could happen. That entire Viet Nam era was a terrible time in America. Where are the protesters today? Maybe they could bring an end to the Iraq war.

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  • Lynn
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    On May 4th of that and most years, I was at my mothers, for

    a small birthday celebration for my twin sisters, since that is

    their birthday. Or it was on the first Saturday following the 4th.

    I don't know what day of the week that fell on, to know exactly

    where I was, positively. Otherwise, the date doesn't remind

    me of anything. However I understand the reference in the prose you've printed above.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Working at the U.S. Navy Commissary in Yokohama, Japan driving a 5 ton refrigerated truck from the main commissary in Yokohama to the commissary at Naval Air Station Atsugi about 20 miles.

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  • ditdit
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    babysitting in Ohio - tornadoes and the family wouldn't allow me access to TV radio or newspapers- I was very busy with 3 kids and didn't realize until I returned home 20 days later what had happened at Kent State. oh and the family didn't want to pay me either- they thought it was a vacation for me and they paid the plane ticket.

    ha ha ha.

    yeah Nixon- remeber all that.

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  • 1 decade ago

    In 1968 my husband said jokingly " if Nixon wins I move out of the country". I did not think anything of it. On May 4th 1970 we had just moved to Southern Spain and stayed there 5 years!

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  • DR W
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I was doing my student teaching here in Ohio on that day. I spent the next day discussing events with my journalism students. Since we were less than 100 miles from Kent, news proximity made the story more meaningful for them.

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