August 26, 2012
In July of 1969, I was 14. I remember sitting on the floor, legs crossed, watching a black and white television broadcast of one of the seminal moments in man's history.
I was transfixed, glued to the grainy picture as Neil Armstrong slowly descended the Eagle's ladder towards the lunar surface. What was there? What would we find. I wondered?
The moon always seemed close enough to touch, yet seemed unreachable. But here we were, with one rung left on the ladder.
Armstrong hopped to the surface, and the whole world paused, waiting for the words we knew would be forever etched in our minds and those that followed us.
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Just 12 men have walked on the surface of the moon. We don't remember most of them. But we remember July 20, 1969 like yesterday.
That day marked a glorious time in American history. The Wright brothers first flew in 1903, and it took us just 66 years to place footprints on the moon.
To me, this represents what America is all about. Godspeed Neil Armstrong. Thank you.