Political CHIPS

Political CHIPS - Constitutional Heritage Institute for Principled Strength

Today in American History (APOLLO 8's CHRISTMAS EVE BROADCAST)

 

The year 1968 was one of the mst discouraging in modern US history.  The Vietnam War dragged on.  Despite major civil rights bills, many people feared the country was turning "increasingly seperate and unequal."  The nation grieved over the assassinations of Martin Luther King JR. and Robert Kennedy.  Riots filled the streets.

At the end of this dismal year a Saturn 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral on mankind's first attempt to reach the moon.  On board were three Apollo 8 astronauts:  Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders.  Their mission was not to land on the moon, but to orbit it ten times.  NASA told their wives that the men's chances of making it back to earth alive were about 50-50.

 

On Christmas Eve millions of enthralled TV viewers watched as the astonauts trasmitted a blurry but miraculous image of the lunar surface.  Then they heard the voice of Bill Anders:  (Listen here)

 

"We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a messge that we would like to send to you. 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved uon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light, and there was light..."

 

The astronauts took turns reading the first ten verses of Genesis.  Then Frank Borman said, "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a  Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you-all of you on the good earth."

 

After a year of death and destruction, the astronaut's brave journey and healing gesture were like a balm in Gilead.  Apollo 8 held the promise that a free people would not fail after all.  Americans coming together could still achieve wonders.

 

 

 

(The American Patriot's Almanac)

 

Views: 283

Comment

You need to be a member of Political CHIPS to add comments!

Join Political CHIPS

Thank you for your support!

Latest Activity


CHIPS VIP
W Dale Russell posted a blog post

Veto Overide

It has been some time sinse I have said anything, but I can no longer hold back.Obama is going to…See More
1 hour ago
Sherrie Hyer shared a profile on Facebook
7 hours ago

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Emery McClendon's blog post OUR PAPER THIN PRESIDENT!
"Again, I agree with you!!  The "Muslim sympathetic" Liar in Chief has done so much…"
Friday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver liked Emery McClendon's blog post OUR PAPER THIN PRESIDENT!
Friday
Political Chips shared their blog post on Facebook
Friday

CHIPS VIP
Alex Poulter posted an event
Thumbnail

KS Legislature - Rubin Rule at Kansas State Legislature - Capital Building

January 26, 2015 from 11am to 12pm
Friday
Emery McClendon posted a blog post

OUR PAPER THIN PRESIDENT!

Please take the time to read this opinion piece and share.…See More
Wednesday
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
FacebookWednesday · Reply
Sally liked Leslie Schmidt's blog post CALL TO ACTION
Jan 20
bruce salisbury liked Leslie Schmidt's blog post CALL TO ACTION
Jan 20
Blake Branson commented on Leslie Schmidt's blog post CALL TO ACTION
"This effects everyone! Make those calls!"
Jan 20
Blake Branson updated their profile
Jan 20
Blake Branson liked Leslie Schmidt's blog post CALL TO ACTION
Jan 20

CHIPS VIP
Leslie Schmidt posted a blog post

CALL TO ACTION

FROM KANSANS AGAINST COMMON CORE:  …See More
Jan 20
Political Chips's event was featured
Thumbnail

Rafael Cruz Speaking Engagement at Atrium Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Ramada Inn)

March 3, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Born in Cuba Rafael is man in love with The U.S.A. because he knows firsthand what tyranny is like.…See More
Jan 20
Political Chips posted an event

Rafael Cruz Speaking Engagement at Atrium Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Ramada Inn)

March 3, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
Born in Cuba Rafael is man in love with The U.S.A. because he knows firsthand what tyranny is like.…See More
Jan 20
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
Thumbnail

Pollack said he doesn’t think the GOP will abandon its efforts before the 2016…

See More
FacebookJan 20 · Reply
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
Thumbnail

“The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be…

See More
FacebookJan 20 · Reply

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver might attend Theresa M. Emerson's event

Greater KC Civic Bowl with Quizmaster "Jack Cashill" at VFW Hall Post 7356 in Parkville, MO

February 7, 2015 from 7pm to 11pm
This is a fun filled evening with the Quizmaster" Jack Cashill" asking questions on topics from…See More
Jan 19

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Emery McClendon's blog post WILL APATHY KILL US?
"In that same vein, I was surfing channels last night and came upon OAN  that was like a breath…"
Jan 19

PC Partners



Badge

Loading…

© 2015   Created by Political Chips.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service