Friday afternoon, a bill to establish the 50th Anniversary Apollo I Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery was introduced.

Representative Trey Hollingsworth added his name as an original co-sponsor to this piece of bi-partisan legislation honoring Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, who perished in the Apollo I explosion, was a native of Indiana’s 9th District and a graduate of Purdue University.

Born in Mitchell, Grissom became interested in flying at a young age and would use the money he earned from delivering newspapers and working at a service station to pay a local attorney for flying lessons.

Representative Hollingsworth released the following statement regarding his support of this bill:

“It is extremely fitting that today, the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo I explosion, a bill to commemorate and honor the lives of Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee was introduced. These men embodied the principles that mankind has embraced for centuries. We are meant to be explorers. We are meant to ask questions, dive deeper, reach farther, and fly higher. I am proud to be an original supporter of this effort.”