Every year, the May 4th shootings are remembered on Kent State’s campus and around the world. TV2’s Kim Anderson has more on the events this year.
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Beginning with the ringing of the bell at noon, the Kent State community came together to remember the May 4th shootings. The day was full of speakers, each with their own unique perspective on the day that changed the course of Kent State and our nation’s history, those 44 years ago.
One of the speakers was Alyssa Mazey, a senior public communications major who shared a connection with one of the four who were killed on May 4th. She spoke on behalf of her sorority sister, Sandra Scheuer who was just 20 years old when killed.
To Mazey, speaking at the ceremony was a huge honor. She said that the fact that she “had a tie to May 4th through Sandy and Alpha Xi Delta” meant so much to her.
“I was instantly in tears, I felt so honored… It just means so much to me.”
The events surrounding this weekend, served as a way to bring the community together.
Idris Sayed is both a professor at Kent State and the faculty advisor for the May 4th Taskforce, a team that helped organize the events. He said that it’s important to commemorate every year because of the fact that “it’s a central part of our history as both a local community and as a nation as a whole.”
Mazey said that May 4th is not the only time that Scheuer is remembered, as she has a curio cabinet with her Alpha Xi Delta things proudly displayed.
The event itself made an impact on the community and will continued to be remembered for years to come.