Today's post is in memory of Dick Scobee. Michael Smith. Ellison Onizuka. Judith Resnik. Ronald McNair. Christa McAuliffe. Gregory Jarvis.
When I was little, people used to say to each other, "Do you remember where you were when you found out Kennedy was shot?" And I thought it was weird. It was completely incomprehensible to someone young that a single event could impact so many people that profoundly.
Today, now? Not so incomprehensible. I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the Challenger explosion. Actually, I didn't hear. I watched. I was in 6th Grade, and since one of my teachers had been initially selected to test for the program, we had a TV in our classroom to watch live. I remember seeing the Principle cry.
There are, unfortunately, other mass tragedies that are burned on my memory also. But today's not about them. Today is for remembering 7 people who wanted to soar among the stars, but never got the chance. May they rest in peace.