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Archive for January 28th, 2006

American Heroes

Posted by Sal on January 28, 2006

Mrs. Sal and I just finished watching the movie The Great Raid. For those of you who have not seen it, I highly recommend a rental. The movie depicts the rescue of American POWs in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines by an Army Ranger battalion during World War II. The movie gives a glimpse of the war in the Pacific – a part of the Second World War not often depicted by Hollywood. This portrayal of the American Soldier in the face of the cruel reality of war and a determined enemy aptly displays their ingenuity, bravery, and most of all their heroism. Inspired by a true story, The Great Raid is sure not to disappoint.

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Challenger Observed

Posted by Ryan on January 28, 2006


I wanted to take this occasion to observe the 20th anniversary of a sad day for the United States. I remember where I was on January 28, 1986, when I heard about the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. I was taking the bus home from school when people started talking about a teacher who was killed that day. As you can imagine: 4th grade + public school + bus can only equal some very insensitive jokes and thoughts about which teachers we would like to see go into space in the same manner.

Of course, I did not really understand the gravity of what happened until I got home. I noticed my mother and grandmother very sad, glued to the TV. That was when I started to figure out that this was big– a tragedy, in fact, since it was unusual to see my mom and memere that disturbed by the news.

During a memorial ceremony later that day, I distinctly remember President Ronald Reagan consoling the families and friends of the fallen astronauts, as well as the nation who shared a collective grief. I really connected with President Reagan– he was always a grandfather figure to me. In that fitting tribure, President Reagan delivered such a poignant line from an old poem describing how those seven astronauts “slipped the surly bonds of Earth” to “touch the face of God.” It was powerful. That day was impactful, not just on the space program or the Cold War, but also on me. Whenever I see footage from that day or Reagan’s speech I get a little sad and sentimental and a little solemn too.

Twenty years later, here at the “Axis of Right” we pay tribute to those fallen heroes.

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