Is over 4 years away "nigh"? (near)
Over half my life away, I was only 20 in 1969. I happened to be in Manhattan shopping those same days, just a few blocks away. For things I wanted before departing for Army Basic Training in a week.
But Manhattan's a big place, and I don't recall anything being out of the ordinary, certainly no sirens or troops in the streets, and nobody was talking about it. Not until I got home did I see the front page headlines.
But I didn't pay it too much attention. In the 1960s we had protests & riots every other week. About racial inequality, the Vietnam War, even women's rights. It was the decade when people came out into the streets on a regular basis, something younger guys here wouldn't understand or appreciate.
I, like most of the country, had become numb to these sights, and we were beginning to tune them out. I think we still do.
And I had other more immediate matters on my mind. Like, what Basic Training was going to involve, and was *I* going to Vietnam a few months afterwards.
As far as come a long way, yes. The entire country, as well as myself. I didn't identify with gays then, in denial. My impression was that most people found them disgusting & reprehensible.
Their queer riot was an annoyance nobody wanted, on top of everything else we were going through. Sorry, those were the times.
How we celebrate the 50th anniversary nationally will depend on who's in the White House. If a Democrat it will be celebrated & honored. If a Republican it will be downplayed or ignored.