Friday, February 1, 2008

In Memoriam

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the tragedy of the Columbia space shuttle. I don't have many words to express the sadness I felt that day as I watched the pieces of the shuttle fall from the sky on CNN. I hope tragedies like this never deter us from exploring the vast unknown. On my way into work I heard this broadcast of Commander Rick Husband's wife speaking about her and her children's loss. It's worth a listen

Kennedy Space Center

In the skies today we saw destruction and tragedy. Yet farther than we can see there is comfort and hope. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, ''Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.''
The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today.
The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth. Yet we can pray that all are safely home. May God bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless America.

-President George Bush
February 1st, 2003

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