Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Christa McAuliffe - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at Calvary Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.  Today is the 34th anniversary of the Challenger shuttle disaster on 28 January 1986.

While we were visiting this cemetery to photograph this tombstone, a bald eagle flew up from the Merrimack River and flew over the cemetery and landed in the trees behind the gravestones.  I thought it was very appropriate for the moments after we were thinking about Christa McAuliffe and the other Challenger astronauts.




S. CHRISTA McAULIFFE
SEPTEMBER 2, 1948 - JANUARY 28, 1986

WIFE  MOTHER  TEACHER
PIONEER WOMAN
CREW MEMBER, SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER
AMERICA'S FIRST ORDINARY CITIZEN TO VENTURE
TOWARD SPACE

SHE HELPED PEOPLE. SHE LAUGHED.  SHE LOVED AND IS LOVED.  SHE APPRECIATED THE WORLD'S
NATURAL BEAUTY. SHE WAS CURIOUS AND SOUGHT TO LEARN WHO WE ARE AND WHAT 
THE UNIVERSE IS ABOUT.  SHE RELIED ON HER OWN JUDGEMENT AND MORAL COURAGE
 TO DO RIGHT.  SHE CARED ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF HER FELLOW MAN.  SHE TRIED
TO PROTECT OUR SPACESHIP EARTH.  SHE TAUGHT HER CHILDREN TO DO THE SAME.


Click here for a 2010 blog post about my memories of this day in 1986:

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Christa McAuliffe - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 28, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/01/christa-mcauliffe-tombstone-tuesday.html: accessed [access date]).

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