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: 273

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
Dave King posted a blog post

First Of All, Obama is A Repeated, Pathological Liar

If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.If you like your doctor, you can keep your…See More
yesterday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Dave King's blog post Attention Elizabeth And Hillary: They Didn’t Build That!
"Excellent article, Dave!!  These two fatuous females suffer under the illusion they represent…"
Thursday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver liked Dave King's blog post Attention Elizabeth And Hillary: They Didn’t Build That!
Thursday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Heidi Hogan's blog post We support City Union Mission!
"A   M   E   N  !!!!!!!!!!!"
Thursday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Dave King's blog post Gruber, And Additional Proof that Government Is Too Damned Big And Intrusive
"There are none so blind as those that will not see!!!!  From the first B.O. was the consummate…"
Thursday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver liked Dave King's blog post Gruber, And Additional Proof that Government Is Too Damned Big And Intrusive
Thursday
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
Thumbnail

Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the…

See More
FacebookThursday · Reply
Political Chips shared their blog post on Facebook
Thursday

CHIPS VIP
Dave King posted a blog post

Gruber, And Additional Proof that Government Is Too Damned Big And Intrusive

It’s obviously upsetting when we hear that one of the key creators of a legislative bill thinks…See More
Wednesday
Theresa M. Emerson liked Political Chips's blog post The CHIPS News: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Tuesday
Theresa M. Emerson liked Political Chips's blog post The CHIPS News: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
Tuesday
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
FacebookTuesday · Reply
Profile IconPolitical CHIPS - Conservative Heritage Institute for Principled Strength via Facebook
Thumbnail

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting…

See More
FacebookTuesday · Reply
Political Chips shared their blog post on Facebook
Tuesday
Political Chips posted a video

Don't Tell 'Em (Obamacare Version)

As Jonathan Gruber could tell you, the only way to sell "stupid" American voters on Obamacare was to keep us confused about what the law actually does. Remy ...
Tuesday
Heidi Hogan posted a blog post

We support City Union Mission!

The KC Star published a hit piece yesterday about the evangelical Christian homeless shelter, City…See More
Tuesday

CHIPS VIP
Dave King posted a blog post

Attention Elizabeth And Hillary: They Didn’t Build That!

Those who pay attention to the intentional destruction of America and all that has made this nation…See More
Tuesday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Emery McClendon's blog post WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
"GRUBER,THE ARROGANT ASS, PARADING AROUND TOUTING HIS LYING "EXPERTISE" IS NO…"
Monday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver liked Emery McClendon's blog post WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
Monday

CHIPS VIP
Mary C. Weaver commented on Dave King's blog post J’accuse: The Obama Administration Endangers Children To Enable Immigration Reform
"IF WE HAD COURAGEOUS REPUBLICAN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, THEY WOULD HAVE BEGUN IMPEACHMENT IN…"
Monday

PC Partners



Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Political Chips.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service