John Filo's iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneeling over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot dead by the Ohio National Guard.
From the National Post Article Kent State Massacre 40 years on: Why four died in Ohio:
It’s been 40 years since four died in Ohio.
Today is the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University. These deaths — William Schroeder, Sandra Scheuer, Jeffrey Miller and Allison Krause — at the hands of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, persist as a significant historical marker.
The incident is today seen as the moment the free-spirited idealism of the Sixties collided head-on with the state’s deadly coercive powers. A nation’s youth, attempting to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly, were deliberately gunned down by their own government.
That the deaths were immortalized in iconic photos and the song Ohio by the band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, which still receives substantial airplay today, has solidified the incident’s stature as a signature moment in modern social and cultural history.
But here’s another way of looking at it. Kent State was one of the biggest blunders ever committed by the American military.
This incident had a profound effect on me at the time and throughout the forty years since it happened. The images have often popped into my mind, especially when I listen to Cosby, Stills, Nash and Young's song 'Ohio':
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 cutting 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?