"Today, we promise Dick Scobee and his crew that their dream lives on; that the future they worked so hard to build will become reality. . . . Man will continue his conquest of space. To reach out for new goals and ever greater achievements--that is the way we shall commemorate our seven Challenger heroes."
He recalled each of the dead astronauts in turn--the medals Scobee and Smith won flying in Vietnam; Resnik's love of music and skill at the piano; Onizuka's childhood, an Eagle Scout in Hawaii dreaming of being an astronaut; McNair's dream of living--and playing his saxophone--in an orbiting space station. He recalled that Jarvis carried the flag of his alma mater, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and of McAuliffe's courage and "her restless spirit of discovery."