Montpelier rededicates, relocates Challenger memorial

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 12:04 AM EST
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The city of Montpelier Thursday rededicated a memorial honoring the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The disaster which killed all seven crew members happened 35 years ago in January. The crew of astronauts included New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe.

A monument was built shortly afterward near National Life in Montpelier but wasn’t accessible to the public. So, community members recently moved the memorial to a more visible location next to Montpelier High School and the bike path.

“For me, it’s the sacrifice that seven people made including a science teacher from New Hampshire. It still moves me. I feel like I got through it but I never got over it,” said Robert Hannum of Montpelier.

Montpelier leaders say in the months before the launch, local high school students sent letters to Christa McAuliffe. They say having the memorial near downtown will help students and the community remember.

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