FREEMAN CENTER MOURNS THE LOSS OF COLUMBIA ASTRONAUTS

The Freeman Center extends its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the Columbia astronauts. Coming from many nations and peoples the crew represented humanities reach for the stars. The astronauts were a symbol of humanity's curiosity, daring, ingenuity and love of learning. Ilan Ramon, the son of a Holocaust survivor, was also a symbol of the ultimate triumph of good over evil, of the continuity and resiliency of the Jewish people, and of the shared values and strong bonds of friendship between Israel and the US. He was the fighter pilot who fought bravely in the Yom Kippur War and was one of the pilots who attack the nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981. A genuine hero of Israel and the Jewish people.

We mourn the loss of Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool and Ilan Ramon and offer sincere condolences to their families.

Sincerely,
Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director
Avi Davis, Senior Fellow
Freeman Center For Strategic Studies



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