Every month I join an amazing group of talented photographers and we share stories and images about the places in which we live. At the end of this post, please click on the link to follow around the circle. It is always such a treat to see all of the beautiful places around the world.
This month, I have a travel post. I grew up in Ohio and my sister recently graduated from Kent State University. While I was there, I had the opportunity to visit the Kent State Memorial. On May 4, 1970 four students were killed and nine were wounded during an anti-war protest. The memorial was designed by Chicago architect, Bruno Ast.
The progression of four black granite disk embedded in the earth represent our image as we "inquire, learn and reflect."
The four pylons stand as a "mute sentinel to the force of violence." There are four in memory of the four students killed that day.
The protest was taking place in the common area below. The National Guard pushed the student protesters up the hill where the memorial is today. There are 58,175 daffodils surrounding the memorial representing the number of our losses during the Vietnam War.
Four spaces in the parking lot are marked off with light posts to indicate where the students died.
It was a very powerful experience to visit the memorial. These events happened seven years before I was even born, yet being there brought me to that time and moment. It evokes so many mixed emotions...confusion, sadness, anger and fear...which I would image were key emotions at the time. A polarizing time in history and a tragic event from which, hopefully, our society has learned something.
Please continue the circle and see what my friends and talented photographers are chronicling this month. Next up is, Paige Wilks at Paige Wilks Photography.