The Passing of Neil Armstrong

Sadly, today Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever touch the moon has passed away at the age of 82.

He was born in August 1930 and from that day grew into a great man who was a household name for many years.  Neil Armstrong was a Navy pilot that began his long journey into the history books when he joined the U.S. Air Force’s Man In Space Soonest in 1958.

His most famous words were probably these:

“One Small Step For Man.  One giant leap for mankind.”

Armstong underwent surgery on Aug. 7 for blocked coronary arteries before passing away this morning.

His family released the following statement announcing his passing.

We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures.

Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati.

He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits.

As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life.

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.

Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

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