We all quickly agreed that sports figures are not the right place for youngsters to be looking for role models.
Today I read an article about Neil Armstrong. His 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.”
Neil Armstrong was a Navy veteran, fighter pilot, and astronaut. This story explains how Neil agreed to speak at a dedication of a veteran’s war memorial with the condition that there wouldn’t be any publicity so that it could be “something private from one veteran to others.”
Another story, from Ohio veteran retired Col. Tom Moe told how Neil Armstrong gave him hope. “Moe was a prisoner of war for five years in Vietnam, the man in the next cell was U.S. Sen. John McCain.”
The Vietnamese Communists not only tried to break these prisoners, but also degrade our country. The prisoners were led to believe that the moon shot had failed. “Then one day, Moe recalled a fellow prisoner received a letter “which was almost a miracle in itself,” he said. Just as miraculous though was the postage stamp, which had escaped the eye of his captors, the artwork was Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It was so uplifting to us.” It gave all of the prisoners hope and inspiration.
Neil Armstrong’s family wants you to remember him by honoring his example and modesty. When you look up at the moon, give him a wink. Who are your role models?