Today marks the 25th anniversary since Ronald McNair, from South Carolina, and six others died in the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Only 73 seconds after lift-off from Cape Canaveral in 1986, the Challenger space shuttle exploded. It’s been 25 years since that disaster, and the town of Lake City still honors one of their own who was on board the shuttle.
Ronald McNair is being remembered today with a parade and a candlelight vigil for his bravery and service to the country. Lake City has held the memorial service every year since McNair died. This year, the town will dedicate the Ronald McNair Life History Center, followed by a dinner to honor the astronaut’s life.
The memorial service can be seen on NASA TV. McNair was 35 years old when he died in the Challenger.