My last class of the day on May 4 was at Taylor Hall where the shootings took place, at about noon. I was a journalism and photography student and saw what was going on and decided to leave. I was walking home and was over by Nixson Hall when the shootings took place, so I missed it by about 20 minutes. Things had been in turmoil all weekend, and I watched the ROTC building burn on Saturday and got tear-gassed on Sunday. My brother was in the National Guard, although not called up that day. As you might expect, this event holds a lot of memories for me, and I visit sometimes to contemplate, and often discuss May 4 with visitors from out of town. Lest we forget, it's important to visit this commemoration to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. The Center is a valuable history lesson, and engaging even if you only know the shootings from books or films.
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