The year was 1968. Newspapers and nightly news broadcasts were filled with stories about college students — my age and younger — who were protesting our nation’s military action in Vietnam. Students were marching on campuses and in Washington D.C. They carried signs admonishing the rest of us to “Make Peace, Not War!”

I was an 18-year-old college student who was self focused. My major concern was wrapping up my four-year-college program and graduating that May.

Pat Nevada, whose opinions are her own, lives near Gettysburg.

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