Neil Armstrong Something Private From One Veteran to Others

Last Saturday, I was with friends discussing certain sports figures and their demise as role models for our younger generation (think baseball, golf, etc.) because of their actions.

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?

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5 thoughts on “Neil Armstrong Something Private From One Veteran to Others

  1. Lovely post. Armstrong was such a private man. We made many attempts to get him to visit WPAFB and events at the USAF Musuem, but he stayed out of the public eye. He was a humble man and a role model for all of us.

    • I especially like the quote from the family about how we should follow Neil’s example:
      to work hard to make dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than ourselves.
      How different our world would look if everyone would strive to do this!

      • Yes, it was a lovely quote. And, the world would be better if we all committed to serve a cause greater than ourselves without ego. I am an optimist and do believe that many are doing this.

      • Yes, it was a lovely quote. And, the world would be better if we all committed to serve a cause greater than ourselves without ego. I am an optimist and do believe that many are doing this.

        Meant to tell you I won’t attend the NE Ohio SCBWI conference as I forgot that I have the Rwandan Fete fundraiser at the Columbus Zoo on Sept. 22. They raise money for a wide variety of human and animal (gorilla) programs.

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