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From the opening notes that sound like a military march played on an electric guitar to the plaintive cries of “Why?” that fade into nothingness at the end, Neil Young's “Ohio” has, for 50 years, captured the anger, frustration, cultural division and sadness of the Kent State University shootings that took place on May 4, 1970.

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TRAVERSE CITY — Protests against American involvement in Vietnam built a divide in the second half of the 1960s.