Historic Moments Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 479

Has anyone ever asked you if you remember where you were or what you were doing on May 8, 1945 when Germany surrendered ending WW2? Or when President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, or more recently, when the shuttle, Challenger, exploded shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986?

Being too young to have witnessed the second world war, I do however, remember the others along with other tragic events in more recent history. Thankfully, there are major happenings that occur during a lifetime that we remember as we witness wonderful events or learn of miraculous, life changing inventions or occasions.

This week, we all witnessed an historic moment as the first black, female Supreme Court nominee began her Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. No matter your political affiliation, it’s pretty exciting to see history being made during this process whether or not Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is ultimately approved and seated on the court. The daughter of schoolteachers, Judge Jackson’s father left the profession to become a lawyer himself, and she admired his achievement and followed in his footsteps.

There will be much commentary about the questions asked and answers given in the coming days and weeks, but no matter the outcome, I will remember where I was and what I was doing during this historic moment for our country and add it to all the events, both good and bad, that shape this nation and alter the course of history.

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