I was driving to work that morning with the radio on and heard a news report that the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch that morning. Later, I was able to see the video. I was sad for the families, but more so for the American spirit.
Then there was the President - Ronald W. Reagan whos speech tried to make things right again. We would later discover the reasons why the Challenger Disaster took place and tried to correct those mistakes.
On Michelle Malkin's website today, she ran President Reagan's video of his speech. She also posted the transcript of that speech.
Also included in that post is the most beautiful poem (my opionion) I have ever heard in my life... High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. I'm going to copy and paste that poem here into this post. But please use the link info below to go to her site to read President Reagan's speech. Searching on YouTube, I have randomly selected a link to view the explosion and here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaKSrOpLJPo .
High Flight — John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
REf. Michelle Malkin. "The Challenger Disaster: 73 seconds, 25 years" by Michelle Malkin. January 28, 2011. (http://michellemalkin.com/2011/01/28/the-challenger-disaster-73-seconds-25-years/).