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August 29, 2012  | by: Qisthi Jenkins

Neil Armstrong during his time at NASA

The nation mourns the loss of a true legend as Americans said goodbye to Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, who passed away at the age of 82 this past weekend. 

Neil Armstrong who was known as commander of the Apollo 11 space craft, and for being the first man to ever walk on the moon. Back in July 1969, as Armstrong first set foot on the moon’s surface he whispered the words that would forever remain famous,  ”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” He sadly passed away on Saturday, August 25th suffering from heart complications.

Armstrong’s family released an uplifting statement saying:

“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….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.”

President Obama responded to Armstrong’s death from the White House, stating ”Neil was among the greatest of American heroes — not just of his time, but of all time. He set out to show the world that the American spirit can see beyond what seems unimaginable — that with enough drive and ingenuity, anything is possible.”

Armstrong in 2011

Armstrong will always be remembered as a great American hero and legend. He will always remain a great inspiration to all, and I know his story will live on.

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