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Kent State to commemorate 51st anniversary of May 4 shooting with virtual event

Kent State to commemorate 50th anniversary of May 4 shooting with virtual event
Posted at 5:13 PM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 17:13:17-04

KENT, Ohio — It's been 51 years since four students at Kent State were shot and killed during an anti-war protest on campus.

To honor those who died and were injured in the May 4, 1970 shootings, the university announced they would host a virtual event that'll include a virtual candlelight vigil and a video featuring nine students who were wounded during the shooting. Those students are Alan Canfora, John Cleary, Thomas Grace, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Donald Mackenzie, James Russell, Robert Stamps, and Douglas Wrentmore.

“We are committed to the legacy of May 4, 1970, sharing the lessons learned and the importance of this date in history,” said Kent State President Todd Diacon. “We remember and honor those who were lost and those whose lives were never the same. The impact of May 4 reverberates beyond our campus, reaching those across the country and around the world.”

The virtual events will kick off at noon on May 4.

The university will also host a virtual screening of the university will host a special virtual screening of “Fire in the Heartland: Kent State, May 4, and Student Protest in America" on Monday, April 5 at 7 p.m.