January 28, 1986

I'll never forget it as long as I live. I was working at Parkway Federal Savings Bank in Ft. Myers, FL and as always on shuttle launch days, I'd step outside to watch the launch. It was a particularly pretty day and moments after lift off of the Space Shuttle Challenger, this is what I saw... (photo courtesy of CNN)

My co-workers and I were stunned. Something had gone terriby wrong. We ran back inside the bank and turned the tv on in the break room to watch the horrifying details come in. Ronald Reagan summed up the tragedy best...

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God."


  1. Reading that quote brought a tear to my eye. That was such a powerful moment. Thanks for sharing yours.

  2. Suzanne, your wording was just the greatest. At first I didn't like this challenge but it is good to remember the people who have lost their lives and the families who must still miss them. Thank you.

  3. I agree with what Colleen and Karen said. Very moving journaling!