On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did the unimaginable. The pair made the first piloted landing on the moon.
“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” These were the words spoken by Armstrong as he first placed his foot on the surface of the moon.
Unfortunately, Mr. Armstrong passed away yesterday at the age of 82.
Although I had yet to be born at the time of the moon-landing, the significance of this event is not lost on this 33 year old. There was an obvious “race to space” that just so happened to captivate the entire world. This race was one that the United States was not willing to finish in second place.
There are countless reasons to be proud to be an American. Personally, I think that this ranks high on that list.
When I read about the qualities of Armstrong as a man, I’m reminded of a time in which respect and humility came before glory and fame.
Neil Armstrong personified what a parent would only hope their son would grow up to be like as a man. Having a son of my own, I could only hope that if he accomplished such a tremendous feat that he would carry himself with the same dignity and humilty that Mr. Armstrong demonstrated in everyday life; much less after landing on the moon.
This nation lost a true hero yesterday. I ask that if you aren’t old enough to have witnessed the epic moon-landing that you find an individual that did and ask them about it. I guarantee that each every person that was old enough to comprehend the impact of such a historic event will know exactly where they were and what they were doing at the time.
Here’s to hoping the eagle has now landed in heaven.
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