Proclamation 5935 -- National Day of Excellence, 1989
the President of the
On this third anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger's tragic accident, the lines of Tennyson in his poem ``Ulysses'' seem most appropriate:
Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
It may be that the gulf will wash us down;
It may be that we touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; . . .
much was taken when we lost Challenger's brave crew. Yet much abides, because
the American people will forever remember them and salute the devotion to
excellence that characterized them and continues to characterize the members of
The Challenger crew made the supreme sacrifice on their quest to extend man's horizons. As we resolve to go forward in space, let us always take with us the spirit of vision, skill, and excellence.
spirit was evident on
Congress, by Public Law 100 - 681, has designated
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-nine, and of the
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