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President Reagan’s address to the nation follow the loss of the Challenger shuttle

January 29, 2012

This is what I meant in my previous post. After 26 years – has it really been that long? – this speech still moves me to tears. This man was a leader and he kept us from losing the vision after such a terrible calamity was broadcast on national television.

And I can only close  with the verse penned by Robert A. Heinlein as an additional stanza to the hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong To Save,” which was long ago adopted as the US Navy’s Hymn.

Almighty ruler of the all
Whose power extends to great and small,
Who guides the stars with steadfast law,
Whose least creation fills with awe –
Oh grant Thy mercy and Thy grace
To those who venture into space.

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