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Jan 28, 2016 5:31 PM

30 years later, Challenger disaster and death of Christa McAuliffe still hit home in NH

CONCORD - The high school where Christa McAuliffe once taught held a special flag raising ceremony in observance of the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster.

McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 applicants to become the first civilian in space. On January 28, 1986, the seals on one of the solid rocket boosters failed. McAuliffe and the six astronauts on board died.

On the front lawn of Concord High School on Thursday, community members held a moment of silence and raised a special flag that will soon be on display at a new library in Framingham, Mass.

The flag has flown in six locations, including the Houston Space Center, Cape Canaveral Space Center and the Capitol building. It will soon be displayed permanently at a new library which will open in Framingham, Mass. in May.

A former reporter for WJYY who witnessed the explosion while reporting live on air said the anniversary should remind people to remember McAuliffe's spirit.

"This anniversary should be about celebrating people like Christa who make a commitment to teaching and to helping the next generation move forward," said Jerry Little.

Jerry little describes what it was like to witness the Challenger disaster. Audio clips courtesy of NH Broadcasters Association.

Watch the full interview with Jerry Little below.

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