by Christa Lollis
"I heard a dull thud and ruffle and the windows in the house began to shake. There was something a little different about this sound that I had never heard before and something I really couldn't describe," Greg Sowell, a Texas mason told the group. A sound that Sowell heard on February 1 of 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia exploded and debris went across East Texas.
Today, at the place where one of the most famous pieces of the shuttle was found the mason's dedicated memorials to the astronauts and their experience. "You folks of East Texas were in the forefront of Columbia crashing in this area. All of the recovery that was done in this area and Texas masons though it was significant that we dedicate something in East Texas where the crash actually happened," Bob Glasgow, another mason said. One of the plaques will stay in Nacogdoches, the others will go to Carthage, Hemphill and San Augustine where large amounts of debris from the shuttle were found.