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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-04-06 01:26 AM
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52. my attitude toward the National Guard
was pretty well set in stone that day, also. A few years later, I was a social worker and arranging a youth summer employment fair. We needed a space that could hold hundreds of kids and so, in this rural Ohio county, the only place we could find was the National Guard Armory. All my co-workers wondered how I'd deal with that but I said it would be fine. At that time, the Guard's slogan was "The Guard Belongs." So, after the meeting, a couple of my fellow employees and I went all over the building -- where there were bumper stickers with that slogan on it slapped on walls, doors, etc. -- and wrote OUT OF KENT STATE in big red letters on them all. We were sure we would be contacted about it and were ready to play dumb. But they never even called us. I always wondered about that curious lack of response.

In 2004, I was very proud of myself, however. The local guard unit was preparing to go to Iraq and our peace group wanted to raise some money to buy them something they wanted/needed. Everyone decided I should be the group's emissary. I was extremely nervous walking into the armory, wondering if my whole body would revolt. But they were all very nice, very appreciative and, to my surprise, the 3 guys I talked and worked with on getting this stuff together (disposable digital cameras and phone cards), were all against the invasion of Iraq.
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