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Robert Pearlman
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Lawmakers propose memorial for Apollo 1 astronauts at Arlington Cemetery

Three NASA astronauts who died in a tragic fire on the launch pad 50 years ago this January may be honored by a new monument at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Apollo 1 crew mates Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were taking part in a pre-launch "plugs out" test on Jan. 27, 1967 when a fire broke out inside the command module. The fire engulfed the capsule, fueled by a pure-oxygen atmosphere, leading to the men's death.

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From the many times I've been there (I have a few of my soldiers from my active duty days buried there), I've always wondered why there wasn't one there already. It could go between the STS-51L and STS-107 memorials up on the hill.

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Originally posted by p51:
I've always wondered why there wasn't one there already.
The Challenger memorial, which was the first to be erected, served a specific purpose: to mark the site of the crew's unidentified remains.

The Columbia memorial seems to have come about because the Challenger memorial existed. Now, because the Challenger and Columbia memorials exist, it looks odd that an Apollo 1 memorial is absent, but without the original need for the 51L marker, all three may not have been proposed.

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In the photo above, what is placed on the top of Grissom's and Chaffee's grave markers, and why?

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In the Jewish faith (and the tradition has been adopted by others), it is customary to leave a small stone on the grave. To quote:
Placing a stone on the grave serves as a sign to others that someone has visited the grave. It also enables visitors to partake in the mitzvah tradition of commemorating the burial and the deceased.
The photo was taken on NASA's Day of Remembrance, so the stones are evidence of some of the visitors who came to pay their respects to Grissom and Chaffee.

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Indeed overdue... Arlington is an amazing place to honor the military.

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Yes I agree that a monument should be erected at Arlington National Cemetery. We should never forget the sacrifice that Gus, Ed, and Roger made to our space program on the January night!

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, ranking member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and Rep. Jeff Miller, chair of Veterans' Affairs, have authored a "Dear Colleague Letter" urging support for the Apollo 1 monument at Arlington Cemetery.
On January 27, 1967, Astronauts Command Pilot Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee were killed in an electrical fire that broke out inside their Apollo I Command Module on Launch Pad 34 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Although all three astronauts were posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, it is surprising that we do not have a memorial at Arlington Cemetery to honor the lives of the crew of Apollo 1 as was done for the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews.

H.R. 6147, the Apollo 1 Memorial Act, would redress that unfortunate omission. As Arlington National Cemetery is where we recognize heroes who have passed in the service of the nation, it is fitting on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 accident that we acknowledge these astronauts by building a memorial in their honor.

This bill would direct the Secretary of the Army, in consultation with the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to construct at an appropriate place in Arlington National Cemetery, a memorial marker honoring these American heroes.

We hope that you will join us in cosponsoring H.R. 6147, the Apollo 1 Memorial Act.

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"Hear, Hear. Hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!"

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Having not reached a vote in the previous Congressional session, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson re-introduced the Apollo 1 Memorial Act on Friday (Jan. 27), the 50th anniversary of the fire.
It has been 50 years since the Apollo accident. We have the opportunity and a duty to honor these three brave men and their contribution to America’s preeminence in human spaceflight. It is time to build a memorial so that current and future Americans never forget their sacrifice.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has resubmitted the Apollo 1 Memorial Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810).

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The House of Representatives voted on Friday (July 14) to pass H.R. 2810 and in the process approved Rep. Johnson's Apollo 1 memorial amendment. From the congresswoman:
I'm deeply grateful that the House has accepted my amendment to establish a memorial at Arlington Cemetery to honor astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee, who perished 50 years ago while preparing for the Apollo 1 mission.

It is both right and long overdue that we honor the memory of these heroes by means of a memorial, as was done for the crews of the Challenger and Columbia Shuttle missions. Each of these individuals made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of a noble and inspiring goal — the peaceful exploration of outer space.

I am grateful to all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this amendment, and I hope that the Senate will join us in making the Apollo 1 memorial a reality.

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