Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2003

When the shuttle disintegrated, seven of our finest countrymen perished.

It is right that America’s flags have been lowered to half staff. It is proper that we have observed minutes of silence.

It is fitting that the end of the STS-107 mission commandeered the entire weekend’s news coverage. It will do so for most of this week. It should.

One thought here. When Marines, patrolling the Texas-Mexico border, died in a helicopter collision— we had no moments of silence. Servicemen and women lose their lives, in the line of duty, quite often now. Their families surely must be aware that we make no big fuss. The world would be a better place if we did.

I heard the word "heroes" quite a lot during the weekend. Let’s don’t forget to haul out that same word for the anonymous people in our armed forces.

The respect shown for the astronauts is a fine thing. There are others around, in plainer circumstances, who also have earned that respect.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA. 2/2/2003 Complete archive of the STS-107 mission
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