Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Challenger accident. I was a senior at Northwestern College and remember the sense of shock and grief that enveloped the campus. We were grateful for our faith community and found consolation in the words of President Reagan. It was perhaps as defining a moment for my generation as the Kennedy assassination was for my parents. Our illusion of scientific superiority and human achievement was shattered forever.
"Dick, Mike, Judy, El, Ron, Greg and Christa - your families and your country mourn your passing. We bid you goodbye. We will never forget you. For those who knew you well and loved you, the pain will be deep and enduring. A nation, too, will long feel the loss of her seven sons and daughters, her seven good friends. We can find consolation only in faith, for we know in our hearts that you who flew so high and so proud now make your home beyond the stars, safe in God's promise of eternal life." - Ronald Reagan