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Remembering a national hero: NASA releases Neil Armstrong tribute video

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 11:06am MST
It is fitting that Neil Armstrong's footprint will forever be on the moon just as the man remains in a nation's heart. (NASA)

It is fitting that Neil Armstrong's footprint will forever be on the moon just as the man remains in a nation's heart. (NASA)

There are few Americans who don’t know the name ‘Neil Armstrong’ and can’t cite the tremendous contribution the man made to exploration and our nation.  Following his passing last week, a memorial service was held today at the Washington National Cathedral and a new video tells much about the man.

On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins took to the skies aboard their massive Saturn V rocket bound for the moon.  Five days later, Armstrong and Aldrin would lift the spirits of the nation and the imaginations of the world as they became the first men to walk on the moon.

Chosen because he was a civilian at the time, Armstrong would make that infamous ‘small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’.  In doing so, the United States Navy veteran would forever be mentioned in the history books with the likes of Columbus, Polo, Lewis & Clark, Cook and Hillary.

We mourn the loss of this national hero but thank the Lord for a man who gave so much to his country.  As we wrote last week, “May he rest in peace and may one day our nation find the will to continue on the path which he and so many of his predecessors put us on.”

Rest in peace, Neil.

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