Sadly, we have lost another of those truly great persons who have become a part of our lives. There are perhaps two or three occasions in our lives when a specific date stands out and is indelibly imprinted on our own mind, and also on our collective minds. Everyone who is around the same age as I am remembers the date 20th July 1969 as the day that Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon, and we can all remember what we were doing at the time on that day…..TonyfromOz.
He reached the moon, walked on that foreign land, and lived an honorable life that never sullied that memory:
Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 astronaut who became the first human being to set foot on another world, has died. He was 82.
In a statement his family said Armstrong had passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.
The family described him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and also as “a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job.”
A nice send off:
Armstrong’s family said, “While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.
“For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request: Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.