Jeff Marzick
13 min readApr 9, 2020

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Ohio National Guard shooting tear gas on campus of Kent State University on May 4, 1970. Photo by Kent State University/News Service-Kent State University Libraries/Special Collection & Archives

It was late in the evening on July 4, 1970. Driving home after a long day of eating hot dogs and burgers at a picnic, my family and I were slowly approaching our home on Stanton Avenue in Akron, Ohio. As we turned into the driveway, we noticed something different about the American flag that my mother had placed in the slot on our front porch earlier in the day. It appeared as though someone had placed an object on the pole. As we got closer, it became clear what that object was: a toy M16 machine gun.

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Jeff Marzick

Freelance writer/blogger living in the Pacific Northwest. You can also follow me at my blog: onthefencevoters.com