Remembering the Kent State massacre 45 years later
Mary Ann Vecchio gestures and screams as she kneels by the body of a student lying face down on the campus of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970. National Guardsmen had fired into a crowd of demonstrators, killing four. (AP Photo/John Filo)
A Kent State University student lies on the ground after National Guardsman fired into a crowd of demonstrators on May 4, 1970 in Kent, Ohio. (AP Photo)
A group of youths cluster around a wounded person as Ohio National Guardsmen, wearing gas masks, hold their weapons in background on Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio, Monday, May 4, 1970. Members of the Guards killed four students and injured nine during a campus protest against the Vietnam War. This picture was made by Kent State student photographer Douglas Moore. (AP Photo/Douglas Moore)
National Guard troops throw tear gas into the rioters at Kent State protesting the American invasion of Cambodia. Shortly after the troops opened fire on the unarmed students, killing four and and wounding nine others. Kent, Ohio, May 4, 1970. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
In a May 4, 1970 file photo, Ohio National Guard moves in on rioting students at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Four persons were killed and eleven wounded when National Guardsmen opened fire. The U.S. Justice Department, citing "insurmountable legal and evidentiary barriers," won't reopen its investigation into the deadly 1970 shootings by Ohio National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest at Kent State University. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez discussed the obstacles in a letter to Alan Canfora, a wounded student who requested that the investigation be reopened. The Justice Department said Tuesday, April 24, 2012 it would not comment beyond the letter. (AP Photo)
Ohio National Guardsmen throw tear gas at students across the campus lawn at Kent State University during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration at the university on May 4, 1970. The Guard killed four students and wounded nine. (AP Photo)
Ohio National Guardsmen patrol the empty Kent State University campus after a three-day riot with students on May 6, 1970. Four persons were killed and nine were injured during the anti-Vietnam War protests. (AP Photo)
The campus of Kent State University is deserted as remaining members of the Ohio National Guard continue to patrol the school grounds in Kent, Ohio, Thursday, May 7, 1970. Guardsmen killed four students and injured nine in the clash with student demonstrators against the Vietnam War. (AP Photo)
Rev. Ralph Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, center left, and Leonard Woodcock, newly-elected president of the UAW union, clasp hands as they carry caskets protesting the deaths of students at Kent State University, Jackson State College, and the six deaths at racial disorders at Augusta, Georgia. A large protest march climaxed with a rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, May 23, 1970. (AP Photo)
A big footlocker, packed solid with the FBI report on the Kent State University shootings, is placed in front of the desk of Ohio Attorney General Paul Brown, who is making a phone call at the time in his Capitol office in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 12, 1970. Brown will head the presentation of evidence to be presented before a special Grand Jury investigating the shooting deaths of four students this spring. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)
Michele Zeldner,, Kent State University student from Buffalo, N.Y., tells newsmen that the state Grand Jury indictments of 25 persons in the spring school disturbances and deaths were a travesty of justice in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 20, 1970. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)
Thousands of anti-war protesters gather May 4, 1971, at the Justice Department. It was one year ago that the National Guard shot and killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio. (AP Photo)
Two of the eight former Ohio National Guardsmen acquitted of charges stemming from the 1970 Kent State University shootings look at a mural-sized photo taken shortly before the gunfire erupted, Nov. 9, 1974. William E. Perkins, left, and Mathew J. McManus study the photo. (AP Photo/Julian C. Wilson)
Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes, second left, leaves the Federal courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio, surrounded by guards after testifying in the civil damages trial brought by victims of the 1970 Kent State University shootings, on July 29, 1975. Rhodes, whose decision to quell an anti-war protest by sending National Guard troops to Kent State University in 1970 resulted in four student deaths, died Sunday, March 4, 2001. He was 91. (AP Photo/J. Kaltenmark)
Joseph Kelner, lead lawyer for the victims of the 1970 Kent State University shootings and their families, said jurors who cleared Ohio Gov. James Rhodes and other defendants of liability for the incident ignored the volume of evidence. âWe had thought the lapse of five years would bring to us the elements of a fair trial,â he said. âWe regret to say it did not.â He said the verdict will be appealed. Joseph Kelner spoke to newsmen, Aug. 27, 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio, flanked by the mothers of two of the four who were killed in the incident, Elaine Miller Holstein, left, of Plainview, N.Y., and Sarah Scheuer of Youngstown, Ohio. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett)
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On May 4, 1970 on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio, members of the Ohio National Guard fired shots on an unarmed group protesting the Vietnam War, ultimately killing four students.
The day's events captured national attention and provided the fodder for a Pulitzer Prize photograph taken by John Filo, but his iconic and heartbreaking image was far from the only image of the day's events.
See move in the gallery above and share your memories of that day in the comments.