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Today is a day for mourning and remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core by the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of the people of our country. This is truly a national loss.
Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible accident on the ground.
We mourn seven heroes: We mourn their loss as a nation together. For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us. But for twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that.
They, the member of the Challenger crew, were pioneers. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. We do it all up front and in public. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and, yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space.
Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. I want to add that I wish I could talk to every man and woman who works for NASA or who worked on this mission and tell them: And we know of your anguish.
On this day years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives.
We come together today to mourn the loss of seven brave Americans, to share the grief we all feel and, perhaps in that sharing, to find the strength to bear our sorrow and the courage to look for the seeds of hope.
To those they have left behind — the mothers, the fathers, the husbands and wives, brothers, sisters, and yes, especially the children — all of America stands beside you in your time of sorrow. What we say today is only an inadequate expression of what we carry in our hearts.
Words pale in the shadow of grief; they seem insufficient even to measure the brave sacrifice of those you loved and we so admired. They were so different, yet in their mission, their quest, they held so much in common.Jun 05, · Ronald Reagan, America's 40 th president, died on June 5, , after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
More than 25 years after leaving office, Reagan remains a . Peggy Noonan on Reagan's Challenger disaster speech. Peggy Noonan on Ronald Reagan's Space Shuttle Challenger Speech. 11 minutes; 1, views; Related Video.
See all . On January 28, , President Reagan postponed the scheduled State of the Union in order to address the nation about the loss of the space shuttle Challenger. Ronald Reagan. Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate, When Reagan issued his famous challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev in Berlin, the speech earned mixed reviews.
Even members of the President's own team were lukewarm on it. But in , the Berlin Wall was demolished. This is Ronald Reagan's famous Challenger explosion speech that occured 20 years ago(). Start studying Rhetorical Analysis of Reagan's Challenger Speech.
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