May 4 remembrance begins

Elise Franco

Today at 5:30 p.m. events in remembrance of May 4, 1970, will begin.

At 5:30 p.m. in the May 4th Resource Room, located on the first floor of the University Library, students will have the opportunity to meet some of those wounded in the attack, such as Alan Canfora, Tom Grace and Joe Lewis.

A candlelight drum circle will take place at the May 4 Memorial at 10 p.m., and at 11 p.m., participants will gather at the Victory Bell candlelight march.

Beginning at midnight and ending at 12:24 p.m., a silent candlelight vigil will be held in the Prentice parking lot. To sign up for a vigil space, e-mail [email protected].

All day, a visual representation of how many lives have been lost in the Iraq War will be on display in the form of boots in the Commons by the Victory Bell.

At 9:45 a.m. the Victory Bell will be rung 32 times in honor of those killed at Virginia Tech.

“Truth: The First Casualty of War,” the 37th Annual Kent State May 4 Commemoration, will be held in the Commons beginning at noon. Cindy Sheehan, mother of Casey Sheehan, a soldier killed in Iraq, will be the keynote speaker.

Other speakers include: Tom Hayden, founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society; Rosemary Palmer, mother of Lance Corporal Edward “Augie” Schroeder, KIA in Iraq; Gene Young, witness to Jackson State shootings, May 14, 1970; Joe Lewis, Jr., wounded at Kent State, May 4, 1970; Jim Russell, wounded at Kent State, May 4, 1970; Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative for the 17th District of Ohio; Mary Ann Vecchio, woman from the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph; Jim Mueller, former May 4 Task Force Co-chair; Isaac Miller, Kent State Anti-War Committee; Kellie Cornachiore, Alpha Xi Delta.

— Elise Franco