As I was flipping through channels last night, I came across something that reminded me of the significance of this week in history. It was 20 years ago this Saturday, January 28, 1986 to be exact, that our nation watched the tragedy that was the Space Shuttle Challenger.
I was a young kid at the time who like many other young kids of the era dreamed one one day taking off in one of those shuttles myself. This was one of the first big national tragedies that I experienced in my lifetime. Living in Florida, we often went just outside of our school to watch the shuttles take off into the sky. I'm pretty sure this was what we were doing on the day of the Challenger launch, though it is possible we may have watched that particular one on television. I'm a little fuzzy on the specifics. They held some sort of special memorial at the school shortly after, but I remember being upset that I had to miss this event due to a previously scheduled field trip that my class was going to be on at the time.
Anyone else care to share your memories?