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Remarks by Gov. Jeb Bush at FL NASA Kennedy Center, Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Service, 2/7/03
State of FL website - myflorida.com ^ | Friday, Feb 7, 2003 | Jeb Bush

Posted on 02/07/2003 3:22:30 PM PST by summer

Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial Service Remarks

by FL Gov. Jeb Bush


They were supposed to return here.

After orbiting the earth for sixteen days, after traveling more than six million miles, after seeing every corner of our beautiful world, they were supposed to return here.

You -- their coworkers, their colleagues, their friends -- were ready to greet them with their families, to congratulate them on their successful mission, to honor them as the newest standard bearers of the great American tradition of exploration and discovery in space.

They were supposed to return here, to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral.

We Floridians are so proud of this place. We are so proud that for four decades, our astronauts have journeyed into the heavens from our own beloved shores.

And we are so proud that for nearly two decades, we have welcomed our astronauts home again, as one of the landing sites for the Space Shuttle program.

This place stood ready to welcome home seven new heroes last Saturday morning, but the men and women of Columbia did not return to us.

Our entire nation grieves at their loss. Our prayers are with their families. And our prayers are also with you, you who shared with them the ancient dream of being one with the stars.

Who among us has never looked up into the heavens on a starlit night, lost in wonder at the vastness of space and the beauty of the stars?

So too did the founders of our own democracy look to the stars for inspiration. In the summer of 1777, as the first American patriots fought for independence and liberty against the forces of tyranny, they needed a standard, a symbol to rally the hearts of our people.

And so in June of that year, the Continental Congress designed a flag. "Resolved," they said, "that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

That new constellation shines as brightly as ever today.

Now fifty stars strong, it commands the allegiance of 280 million Americans who lowered their Star-Spangled Banner to half-mast in honor of their lost countrymen. This nation under God still looks heavenward, looking no longer for the return of those whom we have lost, but to God himself, just as an old childless man did many centuries ago.

The book of Genesis tells us that Abraham -- patriarch of the three great monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam -- was lost in despair one night. Abraham doubted whether God’s promise of a son, an heir, and a future would ever come true.

But the Lord took Abraham outside of his tent and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them." The old man looked up, and the Lord said, "So shall your offspring be."

Since that night, the children of Abraham - by blood and by faith - have looked up at the stars and seen in them the boundless expanse of God’s blessing and Providence. And we have been comforted, knowing that even in the midst of despair and darkness, God is with us. And with God there is light.

And so, men and women of the Kennedy Space Center, let us grieve together, but let us also share hope.

Let us share the hope that when we look to the stars, we will see in them a reminder of the heroes who dared to travel among them.

Let us cherish the hope that those men and women we lost will inspire us and our children for generations to come.

Let us nurture the hope that our seven astronauts - Rick Husband, David Brown, Michael Anderson, Laurel Salton Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Ilan Ramon and Willie McCool - will forever be united in our hearts. Not only united for sixteen days as a team on a mission to the stars, but also united as a constellation of stars in the annals of space exploration and discovery. May God bring them to Him. May God be with their families and friends. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.


Thank you.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Florida; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: columbiashuttle; fl; jebbush; kennedycenter; kennedyspacecenter; ksc; memorialservice; nasa
Our entire nation grieves at their loss. Our prayers are with their families. And our prayers are also with you, you who shared with them the ancient dream of being one with the stars.

Who among us has never looked up into the heavens on a starlit night, lost in wonder at the vastness of space and the beauty of the stars? ....

1 posted on 02/07/2003 3:22:30 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
Its so damn sad : (
2 posted on 02/07/2003 3:25:01 PM PST by alisasny
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To: alisasny
Yes, it has been sad.

As sad as we are, including Gov. Bush, he was able to make an inspiring and beautiful speech to lift the hearts and minds of all those suffering from this tragic loss.
3 posted on 02/07/2003 3:28:12 PM PST by summer
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To: SpookBrat; Elkiejg; floriduh voter; Frances_Marion; gatorman; livius; Amore; seekthetruth; ...
FYI.
4 posted on 02/07/2003 3:28:33 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
BUMP.
5 posted on 02/07/2003 3:39:30 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: summer; JulieRNR21
summer,

You have stated many times how proud you are about how Jeb personally answers emails. Well, I sent him one regarding a matter of no small importance a few days ago, and have recieved no response. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is about a citrus-canker-Nazi incident down in Ft. Lauderdale, which doesn't reflect too well on his administration.

I would appreciate your input, off-thread, I suppose. I will also ping you to the FR thread.


6 posted on 02/07/2003 3:59:56 PM PST by Joe Brower (http://www.joebrower.com/)
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To: summer
Thanks Summer and way to go Jeb. Thanks.
7 posted on 02/07/2003 4:04:36 PM PST by lucky7
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To: summer; All

8 posted on 02/07/2003 4:09:53 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( http://www.petitiononline.com/adalert ******please, check it out : ))
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To: summer; All

9 posted on 02/07/2003 4:16:33 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( http://www.petitiononline.com/adalert ******please, check it out : ))
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To: summer
Little brother bump.
10 posted on 02/07/2003 5:34:55 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." GWB 9/20/01)
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To: NonValueAdded
Did anyone see the remarks given by Capt. Robert Crippen? They were especially telling - I thought this tough, gruff astronaut was going to cry when talking about the ship Columbia.

It was plain to see he had a real love for her.

11 posted on 02/07/2003 5:52:08 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: The Right Stuff
I heard rather than saw Crippen's remarks. Here is what Florida Today has:

“There’s heavy grief in our hearts, which will diminish with time, but it will never go away, and we won’t ever forget,” Crippen said, choking up as he called out the first names of the seven astronauts: Commander Rick Husband, pilot Willie McCool, payload commander Michael Anderson, payload specialist Ilan Ramon, and mission specialists Dave Brown, Kalpana “K.C.” Chawla and Laurel Clark.

The article also says 'A few drops of rain sent a wave of restlessness through the crowd, but the sun brightened the stage briefly as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke.'

I've experienced the few drops of rain on more than one occasion at graveside or memorial services. I look upon it as God sharing a few tears with us. It is an immensely moving moment for me. I guess the author hasn't been similarly blessed.

I also heard the T-38's as the came up the coast prior to the fly-over. The modern sound of freedom.

See Thousands at KSC honor Columbia's 7 heroes for the local print coverage of the service.

12 posted on 02/07/2003 6:12:37 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." GWB 9/20/01)
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To: NonValueAdded
I watched all three memorial services and this one was one of the most moving. It's so obvious how much the astronauts were valued by the KSC and NASA crowd - and how much they loved Columbia.

If you were there, you have my great sympathies on your horrid loss.

13 posted on 02/07/2003 6:53:57 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: The Right Stuff
I was recording it, but had to leave the room because I seemed to have something in my eye. I left KSC three years ago, and know first hand what those good people are going through.

Maybe tomorrow I will be able to watch the entire ceremony. (I saw some of my former co-workers on the video.)

14 posted on 02/07/2003 7:01:29 PM PST by snopercod
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To: The Right Stuff
Crip flew STS-1. He and John Young have cohones muy grandes, and know all about tile damage.
15 posted on 02/07/2003 7:04:10 PM PST by snopercod
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To: NonValueAdded
I also heard the T-38's as the came up the coast prior to the fly-over. The modern sound of freedom.

The NASA camerapeople totally missed the missing man formation. They were panning around trying to figure out what all that noise was. It was an embarassment.

16 posted on 02/07/2003 7:06:40 PM PST by snopercod
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To: Joe Brower
RE your post #6 - Joe, I can understand your feeling of frustration at not getting an immediate response. It is possible he may have wanted to gather some information before writing back to you.

I also wrote to him, this morning, about your concern, and I will post his response.

In addition, I checked his online publicly posted calendar, and he is in Miami all day today, working, in meetings, and briefings, and attending events, throughout the morning, afternoon and evening.

In the meantime, here is the FL Dept of Agriculture web site about citrus canker. Perhaps there is something of interest to you on this web site. Perhaps not.

FL Dept of Agriculture - Citrus canker web site
17 posted on 02/08/2003 4:57:58 AM PST by summer
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
Thanks for bumping this thread, conservatism_IS_compassion.
18 posted on 02/08/2003 5:01:57 AM PST by summer
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To: lucky7
Thanks for your nice post on this thread, lucky7.
19 posted on 02/08/2003 5:02:30 AM PST by summer
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
Thanks so much for your posts #8 and #9, getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL.
20 posted on 02/08/2003 5:03:23 AM PST by summer
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To: NonValueAdded
Thanks for bumping this thread, NonValueAdded.
21 posted on 02/08/2003 5:03:53 AM PST by summer
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To: The Right Stuff; snopercod
Thanks for your comments on this thread.
22 posted on 02/08/2003 5:04:26 AM PST by summer
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To: summer; All
Each of those illustrations touched my heart, and it was my pleasure to share them.
23 posted on 02/08/2003 8:07:19 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( http://www.petitiononline.com/adalert ******please, check it out : ))
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL; The Right Stuff; NonValueAdded
FYI --

>> > ----- Original Message -----

>> > From: "Flatley James CDR VF-154"

>> > To: "RADM & Mrs J H Flatley E-mail"

>> > Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 11:28 PM >> > >> >

>> > Below is an e-mail sent from orbit by CDR Willie McCool to some of his >> Naval >> > Academy classmates early in Columbia's final mission.

Willie was a good >> > friend, and a stand out in the Class of '83 from the first day of Plebe >> > Summer, right on through to accepting the second to last diploma at >> > graduation, as the second brightest star in our Class. God has now asked >> him >> > to be one of seven, equally bright stars in Heaven's newest >constellation: >> >

>> > Sat 1/25/2003 2:20 PM >> >

>> > Greetings from 150 miles above the Earth! My apologies up-front for not writing each of you personally. The tempo is very high, and what few precious free moments I do have, I try to use absorbing the overwhelming smorgasbord of new experiences. There is so much to share with you!

Too much to write ... so hang tight until post-flight when I can bring photos and videos to accompany the stories. This has been an unbelievable adventure!

I hope you enjoyed watching the launch, and thanks for hanging tough through the many delays. More later when we return ...

Willie

PS - As I write, we just experienced a sunset over the Pacific, just East of Chile. I'm sitting on the flight deck in the CDR seat (front right) with a view of the Earth moving gracefully by. Sunsets and sunrises from space come every 45 minutes, and last only about 30 seconds, but the colors are stunning. In a single view I see looking out at the edge of the Earth - red at the horizon line, blending to orange, then yellow; followed by a thin white line, then light blue, gradually turning to dark blue, then various gradually darker shades of gray, then black with a million stars above.

It's breath-taking!
>> >

>> > ---------------------- >> > ---------------------- >> >

>> > A footnote: The Creator of us all must have have had a special place set >> > aside in His Kingdom for the diverse team crewing shuttle Columbia. Of >all >> > the children He has created in His image since the begining of >> civilization, >> > these seven, truly representing all on earth in gender, race and >> > nationality, enjoyed the briefest journey, ever, back into His arms. God >> > bless their service and sacrifice to their nation's, and to mankind.

>> >Jim> >> >
24 posted on 02/08/2003 9:22:34 AM PST by summer
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To: snopercod; conservatism_IS_compassion; lucky7
See above email from Willie McCool, a crewmember of Columbia, early in its mission.
25 posted on 02/08/2003 9:23:50 AM PST by summer
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To: snopercod; conservatism_IS_compassion; lucky7; getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL; The Right Stuff; ...
BTW, that email message was just sent out on a massive email distribution list to teachers in FL, from the head of a FL teachers association (not a union).
26 posted on 02/08/2003 9:26:25 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
The CDR seat is front-left. The PLT is front-right.
27 posted on 02/08/2003 10:12:07 AM PST by snopercod
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To: snopercod
Well, I don't know what to say to that. I believe you, and I don't know why this would be in error. Another one of life's mysteries, I suppose.
28 posted on 02/08/2003 10:58:40 AM PST by summer
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To: snopercod
Check your freepmail. I'm sending you the header of the email I received about this. Thanks.
29 posted on 02/08/2003 11:06:05 AM PST by summer
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To: Joe Brower
RE your post #6 and my post #17 --

---------------------------------------------------

-----Original Message-----
From: [summer]
To: Jeb Bush
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003 5:28 PM
Subject: Re: your comments

>Thanks for your reply, Governor Bush. >I will let him know what you said here. >Sincerely, >[summer] >

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jeb Bush
>To: [summer]
>Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003 5:23 PM
>Subject: RE: your comments

> >I did not receive his email. >
>Jeb Bush

-----------------------------------------------------

Joe, This is the email I received today from Gov Bush about any comments he may have had in response to: your email to him.

And, now, I am wondering -- did you use the email address for him that I gave you?

Because after I gave it to you via freepmail, you wrote back and sounded like you thought it was the wrong address, but I assured you -- it is the right address, with that domain, despite his campaign site no longer being up.

If you did not use it, try again - and use it this time.

That is an email address he reads and uses with the public, as I told you. In fact, I used it today, and he answered, above, on that email address.

summer
30 posted on 02/08/2003 2:40:29 PM PST by summer
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To: Joe Brower
Joe, I just now heard from Gov Bush again, re your concerns. Here is an email -- from him to you (via me):

-----Original Message-----
From: [summer]
To: Jeb Bush
Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: your comments

>Thanks, I will post this as well, Governor Bush.
[summer]

> >-----Original Message-----
>From: Jeb Bush
>To: [summer]
>Date: Saturday, February 08, 2003 5:44 PM
>Subject: RE: your comments > >

>he can email me at jeb@jeb.org >

>Jeb Bush
31 posted on 02/08/2003 2:59:17 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
My fondest thanks for your efforts, summer. I have emailed Gov. Jeb Bush at jeb@jeb.org. Wouldn't you know it -- of the three addresses I had for him, this is the one of the three that I did not use!

Again, muchas gracias,

Joe B.


32 posted on 02/09/2003 3:12:55 PM PST by Joe Brower (http://www.joebrower.com/)
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To: Joe Brower
No problem, Joe, and thanks for your post. I am sure you will hear from him - I know I'm not the only FL citizen to receive email from him! :)
33 posted on 02/09/2003 4:46:32 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

I am looking for that original thread where Freepers reported the Columbia explosion. Does anyone know where to find it?


34 posted on 11/09/2008 8:21:17 PM PST by KansasCanadian (Joe the Plumber is the man!)
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