Our Nation Grieves Again

We all join in prayers of sympathy to the families of the gallant astronauts who died in the destruction of the space shuttle. While we do this, we remember the words of the shuttle commander that there is inherent in all great human adventures an element of danger which the astronauts knew and accepted, all the while demanding and expecting adherence to the highest standards of safety in operations.

We Americans are known for our pioneering spirit and breaking the bounds of today for tomorrow’s good. The space program is all about searching for new horizons for mankind, reaching for the stars, and extending man’s grasp of the universe. We salute the astronauts and honor their sacrifice. They are now the shining stars of America–the new American heroes.